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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Salix humilis Marshall
USDA Symbol: SAHU2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Mounded shrub, 6-12 ft. tall, which often forms thickets. Ascending, wand-like branches are yellowish to brown. Gray-green to blue-green foliage has insignificant fall color. Greenish catkins appear before leaves emerge.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Dark Green Autumn Foliage:
Brown Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
, WV Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution:
Nf. to MN
& Man., s. to VA, MO
& e. KS; local to FL
& e. TX Native Habitat:
Alluvial areas; boggy openings in pine woods; low areas in prairies; dry barrens; balds
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Wet
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Various wet to dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Short-lived and fast-growing. Susceptible to wind damage.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Early season harvest for birds and mammals.
Willows are among the easiest of all plants to root from cuttings. Stem
and root cuttings are used. Propagation is also accomplished by sowing fresh, untreated seed into a moist seedbed. Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
Not Available Commercially Avail:
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:
Mt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2008-05-22
Research By: TWC Staff