Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Salix scouleriana (Scouler's 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 scouleriana Barratt ex Hook. Scouler's willow

A hardy, rapidly growing shrub that can attain 30' and wide spread of 10.'

Scouler's Willow is found from Alaska to California and east to Manitoba, as well as South Dakota and New Mexico. It is extremely hardy and survives to USDA zone 5. In the wild it is found along streams and in dry, upland sites to 3000' elevation, often following fire (giving it the common name, Fire willow).

It is successful at preventing erosion on steep slopes.

This willow has red or yellow, velvety twigs and soft hairy dark green leaves.

It is a charming "Pussy Willow," bearing subtle, furry catkins, relished by children of all ages. Cut a few for a flower arrangement and bring a smile inside.

For larger catkins, prune regularly and steep the clippings for a "rooting tea" to make new plants.

   

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

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