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Salix lucida ssp. lasiandra

Salix lucida Muhl. ssp. lasiandra (Benth.) A.E. Murray

Pacific Willow

Salicaceae (Willow Family)

Synonym(s): Salix arguta, Salix arguta var. erythrocoma, Salix arguta var. lasiandra, Salix lancifolia, Salix lasiandra, Salix lasiandra var. abramsii, Salix lasiandra var. lancifolia, Salix lasiandra var. lyallii, Salix lasiandra var. macrophylla, Salix lasiandra var. recomponens, Salix lucida var. macrophylla, Salix lyallii, Salix speciosa


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

Tree with open, irregular crown; sometimes a thicket-forming shrub.

As the common name suggests, Pacific Willow is familiar along riverbanks and valleys through the Pacific states.


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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 35 feet tall, often much shorter.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: Central and SE. Alaska east to Saskatchewan and south mostly in mountains to S. New Mexico and S. California; to 8000' (2438 m).
Native Habitat: Wet soils along streams, lakes, and roadsides; in valleys and on mountains.

Growing Conditions

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


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

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 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Salix lucida ssp. lasiandra in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salix lucida ssp. lasiandra in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salix lucida ssp. lasiandra


Record Modified: 2022-12-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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