Salix mucronata woodii

Salix mucronata woodii


Common Names

Cape Willow, Safsaf Willow (english)
Kaapse Wilger, Safsaf-wilger, Wildewilgerboom (afrikaans)
Munengeledzi (venda)
Mogokare (n. sotho)
Umngcunube (xhosa)
Umnyezane, Umzekana (zulu)


Genus Salix
Species mucronata
Sub Specie woodii
SA Plant Number 36.2
Basionym Salix mucronata woodii


Salix mucronata woodii is a very hardy, deciduous, small willow with graceful, drooping branches that grows along riverbanks and in wet areas.

The lovely bi-coloured leaves look beautiful when the soft sinuous branches move in the slightest breeze and the leaves flutter. It has attractive, fissured bark.

Short spikes of creamy-yellow flowers, are borne from August to September (male and female flowers on separate plants, therefore only female plants bear fruit).

A beautiful addition to a water garden particularly along river banks where it occurs naturally and stabilizes the banks. Plant in sun or semi-shade.

Traditionally used to ward off lightning.

Size 2 to 5m


Butterfly Host Plant:

Salix mucronata subsp. woodii is the larval host food plant for the African Leopard butterfly (Phalanta phalantha aethiopica).

Wildlife garden plant:

The flowers attract a myriad of pollinating insects and birds can often be seen flitting around the branches in search of these insects.



Limpopo, North West Province, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu NatalNatural Habitat:

Along rivers and streams



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