A large deciduous shrub or small tree producing slender, upright shoots that are densely covered in grey hairs when they are young. Narrow, dark green rosemary-like leaves, grey coloured at first and blue-white beneath, turn yellow in autumn. Slender catkins open as the young leaves start to emerge in spring.

Soil: Will grow in most conditions, including very poor, permanently waterlogged soils.

Aspect: Full sun.

Suitable Locations: Coastal, exposed and windy sites, damp sites.