Salix hookeriana Barratt ex Hook.
Dune Willow, Hooker Willow
Salicaceae (Willow Family)
Synonym(s): Salix amplifolia, Salix hookeriana var. laurifolia, Salix hookeriana var. tomentosa, Salix piperi
USDA Symbol: SAHO
Hooker Willow's relatively broad leaves aid in recognition. It is named after William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865), a British botanist, in whose book the original description of this species was published. He was Director of Kew Gardens from 1841-1865, wrote “Flora boreali-americana”, and many other works. He was founder and editor of “Journal of Botany”.
The isolated Alaskan plants were formerly regarded as a different species, Yakutat Willow (S. amplifolia).
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown
DistributionUSA: AK , CA , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Narrow zone along Pacific Coast from extreme SW. British Columbia south to NW. California; also local north to S. Alaska (Yakutat Bay); to 500' (152 m). Reported also in E. Siberia.
Native Habitat: Wet soils, including beach ridges, sand dunes, coastal meadows, and edges of streams and salt marshes; bordering coniferous forests.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Salix hookeriana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salix hookeriana in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-09-03
Research By: TWC Staff