Salix arbusculoides Andersson
Salicaceae (Willow Family)
Synonym(s): Salix acutifolia, Salix humillima, Salix humillima var. puberula, Salix saskatchevana
USDA Symbol: SAAR3
Littletree Willow is widespread in interior Alaska and one of the most common willows there, forming dense thickets. The scientific name means "like a little tree." Except for a few shrubby willow species rarely attaining tree size, this and Feltleaf Willow (S. alaxensis) are the only tree species native in Alaska that are absent from the contiguous 48 states. It is one of several species sometimes producing "diamond willow"; these trunks with diamond-shaped patterns caused by fungi are prized for carving into canes.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
Canada: ON , SK
Native Distribution: NW. Alaska east across NW. Canada to Kewatin, south to central Manitoba, and west to central British Columbia. Not in contiguous United States. To tree line and beyond to 4000' (1219 m).
Native Habitat: Along streams, also in upland sites; with Black Spruce after fires and with White Spruce and Paper Birch.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Conditions Comments: Performs poorly in dry locations. Spreading crown and roots may compete with crops when planted in shelterbelts.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Salix arbusculoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salix arbusculoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salix arbusculoides
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-07-17
Research By: TWC Staff