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Salix candida (Sageleaf willow)
Smith, R.W.

Salix candida

Salix candida Flueggé ex Willd.

Sageleaf Willow, Sage Willow, Hoary Willow

Salicaceae (Willow Family)

Synonym(s): Salix candida var. denudata, Salix candida var. tomentosa, Salix candidula

USDA Symbol: SACA4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

A low shrub, 1 1/2-4 ft. tall. The young twigs are covered with a dense coating of white hairs; the older twigs are yellow or light brown. Narrow, rigid leaves are dark-green and slightly tomentose above; densly white-haired below. Catkins appear with the leaves.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May


USA: AK , CO , CT , IA , ID , IL , IN , MA , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SD , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Distribution: Lab. to AK, s. to MD, OH, IA, CO, ID & s. B.C
Native Habitat: Cold, open fens, swamps & bogs

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Wet or damp soils.
Conditions Comments: Short-lived and fast-growing. Susceptible to insect, disease, and wind damage.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2018-03-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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