Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Salix lucida ssp. lasiandra (Pacific Willow)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Dilleniidae

Order

 Salicales

Family

 Salicaceae Willow family

Genus

Salix L. willow

Species

 Salix lucida Muhl. shining willow

Subspecies

 Salix lucida Muhl. ssp. lasiandra (Benth.) E. Murray Pacific willow

Pacific Willow is one of the larger native willows, reaching 50' tall with a slender, delicate form.

It commonly develops several stems.

The bark is cracked and yellow in mature trees while the leaves are 2-6" long, narrow, sharply pointed, much like the leaves of a peach tree.

The Pacific Willow likes moist, sand or gravelly soil but is tolerant of dry conditions.

It is native to the west, from BC to Saskatewan and south to California, in USDA zones 2-9.

   

For a short comparison of northwest native willows, click here.

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