- Family name: Salicaceae
- Japanese name: SARYU
- English name: desert willow, sand willow
- Scientific name: Salix psammophila
- Country of origin: China (Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Gansu, Shaanxi, Shanxi)
Evergreen shrub of approximately 2–4 m in height. Branches of the current year are purplish with no hair; second year branches are light yellow and lustrous, and old branches are grayish white or grayish brown and smooth. The leaves are linear or linear lanceolate form and are 4–8 cm in length and 2–4 mm in width. The leaves are light green on the surface and grayish white on the backside. There are sparse fine serrated teeth on the edges of the leaves, and young leaves have slight hair. It blooms before the leaves open. Dioecious. Propagation is performed by seeding or cutting.
Because it is fast growing and tolerant against sand burial, it is used for sand dunes stabilization in semi-arid areas of China.
Leaf (animal feed)
Fang, C., Zhao, S., Skvortsov, A.K. 1999. Salicaceae. Flora of China 4:
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