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Salix amygdaloides Anderss.
Peachleaf willow, Peach-leaf willow, Almond-leaf willow
USDA Symbol: SAAM2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AZ , CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SD , TX , UT , WA , WI , 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 USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
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:
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
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Record Modified: 2012-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff