Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!


Plant Database

Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.

Enter a Plant Name:
Or choose a plant family:

Salix hookeriana

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

Shrub or small tree with many stems, broad, rounded crown, and leaves nearly half as wide as long.

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).


From the Image Gallery

No images of this plant

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown


USA: AK , CA , OR , WA
Canada: BC
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 Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special 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

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


Record Modified: 2008-09-03
Research By: TWC Staff

Go back