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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Salix taxifolia Kunth
Yew-leaf willow, Yewleaf willow
USDA Symbol: SATA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Large shrub or small to medium-sized tree with dense, rounded crown of erect and spreading branches, very small narrow leaves, and very short catkins.
Yewleaf Willow is easily recognized by the needlelike leaves, resembling those of yews (although not evergreen). This species has the smallest leaves of any tree willow. A good soil binder, it is fairly drought-resistant and is an excellent browse for livestock.
AZ , NM , TX Native Distribution:
Mexico border region from Trans-Pecos Texas, west of SE. Arizona, and, south to Guatemala; at 3500-6000 (1067-1829 m). Native Habitat:
Along streams in foothills and mountains; in oak woodlands, sometimes in deserts and desert grasslands. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium , High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Drought Tolerance: Medium
BenefitInteresting Foliage: yes
Larval Host: Tiger Swallowtail, Viceroy, Mourning Cloak, Sylvan Hairstreak butterflies.
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Record Modified: 2008-05-22
Research By: TWC Staff