Herb: Yew-Leaf Willow


Latin name: Salix taxifolia


Family: Salicaceae (Willow Family)



Medicinal use of Yew-Leaf Willow:

The fresh bark of all members of this genus contains salicin, which probably decomposes into salicylic acid (closely related to aspirin) in the human body. This is used as an anodyne and febrifuge. The bark is used as a remedy for malaria.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Tree

Height:
10 m
(33 feet)

Flovering:
July

Habitat of the herb:

Prefers growing by cool streams and in canyons at elevations of 900 - 1800 metres, it is found in oak forests, desert grassland and by streams in desert areas.

Edible parts of Yew-Leaf Willow:

Inner bark - raw or cooked. It can be dried, ground into a powder and then added to cereal flour for use in making bread etc. A very bitter flavour, it is a famine food that is only used when all else fails. Young shoots - cooked. Not very palatable.

Other uses of the herb:

The branches are used to make brooms.

Propagation of Yew-Leaf Willow:

Seed - must be surface sown as soon as it is ripe in late spring. It has a very short viability, perhaps as little as a few days. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, November to February in a sheltered outdoor bed or planted straight into their permanent position and given a good weed-suppressing mulch. Very easy. Plant into their permanent positions in the autumn. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, June to August in a frame. Very easy.

Cultivation of the herb:

Prefers growing by cool streams and in canyons at elevations of 900 - 1800 metres, it is found in oak forests, desert grassland and by streams in desert areas.

Known hazards of Salix taxifolia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.