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Salix laevigata (Polished willow) | NPIN

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Salix laevigata

Salix laevigata Bebb

Polished willow, Red willow

Salicaceae (Willow Family)

Synonym(s): Salix bonplandiana var. laevigata, Salix congesta, Salix laevigata var. angustifolia, Salix laevigata var. araquipa, Salix laevigata var. congesta

USDA Symbol: SALA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A 10-40 ft. tree or shrub with narrow, light-green leaves and red-brown to yellowish twigs. Catkins occur on short, leafy, lateral stems.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Apr , May , Jun , Dec


USA: AZ , CA , NV , OR , UT
Native Distribution: Cismontane CA to s. UT & AZ
Native Habitat: Stream banks below 5000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Various moist to wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Good for steam stabilization. Works in seasonally wet spots.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: 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 onto a moist seedbed. Seed viability lasts only a few days.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Salix laevigata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salix laevigata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salix laevigata


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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