The White Willow is a willow native to Europe, and western and central Asia. It is a large deciduous tree up to 20-30 m tall. The name derives from the leaves, which are paler than most other willows, due to a covering of very fine silky white hairs. The leaves are typically 5-10 cm long and 1-1.5 cm wide. The shoots in the typical variety (var. alba) are brown to green-brown. The flowers are catkins, produced in early spring.

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... White willow bark was the original source of aspirin. Although most modern aspirin products are synthetic, white willow products contain some of the same chemicals that are in aspirin -- specifically salicin and other chemicals that belong to the salicylates group of drugs. Therefore, white willow may provide mild relief for arthritis, back pain, headache, and other types of pain. In addition, these salicylates may give white willow limited ability to reduce fever. In general, however, these effects are milder than those from aspirin and white willow may take up to one week of continual use to reach an effective level of pain relief. ...
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