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Salix amygdaloides Andersson
Peachleaf willow, Peach-leaf willow, Almond-leaf willow
Synonym(s): Salix amygdaloides var. wrightii, Salix nigra var. amygdaloides, Salix nigra var. wrightii, Salix wrightii
USDA Symbol: SAAM2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Peach-leaf willow is a medium-sized, multi-trunked tree, 35-50 ft. tall, with fine-textured, slightly weeping branching and orange-yellow twigs. Catkins appear before leaf emergence. The narrow, yellow-green foliage has insignificant fall color. Tree with 1 or sometimes several straight trunks, upright branches, and spreading crown.
This is the common willow across the northern plains, where it is important in protecting riverbanks from erosion. Both common and scientific names refer to the leaf shape, which suggests that of Peach.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May
, WY Canada: AB
, YT Native Distribution: NY
to c. MI, WI
& s.e. B.C., s. to n. OH,
n. IN, MO, NM,
Apache Co., AZ
& c. WA Native Habitat:
Low, wet, open woods; edges of streams & sloughs
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Wet or damp soils. Limestone-based, Sandy Sandy Loam, Medium Loam Clay Loam, Clay.
Conditions Comments: Short-lived and fast-growing. Susceptible to insect, disease, and wind damage.
Fast growing, Attractive, Shade tree Use Wildlife:
Nesting site, Nesting material, Seeds-granivorous birds. Early season harvest for birds and mammals. Attracts:
Butterflies Larval Host:
Mourning Cloak, Viceroy.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Austin, TX
Record Last Modified: 2012-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff