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Salix gooddingii (Goodding's willow)
Anderson, Wynn

Salix gooddingii

Salix gooddingii C.R. Ball

Goodding's Willow, San Joaquin Willow

Salicaceae (Willow Family)

Synonym(s): Salix gooddingii var. vallicola, Salix gooddingii var. variabilis, Salix nigra var. vallicola, Salix vallicola


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A deciduous tree, usually 15-40 ft., with yellow stems and light-green leaves. The bark of this sometimes shrubby plant is rough and dark. Catkins appear on leafy, lateral stems.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 90 feet tall, usually much less.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Distribution: C. & s. CA, e. to NV & w. AZ
Native Habitat: A variety of wet places mostly below 2000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Various wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Useful in revegetation of wetland areas.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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 Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

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.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-05-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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