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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Salix humilis Marsh.
USDA Symbol: SAHU2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , 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 USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
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.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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:
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Record Modified: 2008-05-22
Research By: TWC Staff