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Salix lutea

Salix lutea Nutt.

Yellow Willow

Salicaceae (Willow Family)

Synonym(s): Salix cordata var. denveriana, Salix cordata var. desolata, Salix cordata var. lutea, Salix cordata var. platyphylla, Salix cordata var. watsonii, Salix eriocephala var. famelica, Salix eriocephala var. watsonii, Salix famelica, Salix flava, Salix lutea var. desolata, Salix lutea var. famelica, Salix lutea var. platyphylla, Salix lutea var. watsonii, Salix ormsbyensis, Salix rigida var. watsonii, Salix watsonii

USDA Symbol: SALU2

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


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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 22 feet tall.
Leaf: Yellow-Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , KS , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NV , OR , SD , UT , WY
Canada: AB
Native Habitat: Prairie/Meadow/Field,Riparian

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

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.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) 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 lutea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salix lutea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salix lutea


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

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