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Salix laevigata Bebb
Red Willow, Polished Willow
Salicaceae (Willow Family)
Synonym(s): Salix bonplandiana var. laevigata, Salix congesta, Salix laevigata var. angustifolia, Salix laevigata var. araquipa, Salix laevigata var. congesta
USDA Symbol: SALA3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A 10-45 ft. tree or shrub with narrow, light-green leaves and red-brown to yellowish twigs. Catkins occur on short, leafy, lateral stems.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Notes: Up to about 45 feet tall, often much shorter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Apr , May , Jun , Dec
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NV , OR , UT
Native Distribution: Cismontane CA to s. UT & AZ
Native Habitat: Stream banks below 5000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Various moist to wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Good for steam stabilization. Works in seasonally wet spots.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: 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
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Salix laevigata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salix laevigata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salix laevigata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-11
Research By: TWC Staff