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Salix lucida Muhl.
USDA Symbol: salu
A broad shrub, shining willow grows 12-20 ft. tall, with a pyramidal form. Upright, spreading, fine-textured branches occur from a short trunk. Bark is smooth and reddish-brown. Shining willows finest characteristic is its smooth, glossy leaves that simmer in the sun. Fall color is a fairly insignificant yellow. Spring branches are densely flowered with green catkins.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Brown Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
, WY Canada: AB
, YT Native Distribution:
Lab. to n. Man., s. to VA, OH,
& n. ND; also Black Hills & extreme e. CO Native Habitat:
Steam & swamp banks; fens; beaches; met meadows; mud flats
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: Any poorly drained, wet soil.
Conditions Comments: Willows are brittle, with aggressive roots that exploit the moisture found in drains and sewers. They are fast-growing, short-lived, and prone to disease and insect damage. Disperses seed as a fluff seen in June
BenefitUse Wildlife: Very popular, especially early in the season, with birds and small mammals.
Larval Host: Mourning Cloak, Acadian Hairsteaks, Admirals
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:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff