Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Salix sitchensis (Sitka Willow)



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 Salicaceae Willow family


 Salix L. willow


 Salix sitchensis Sanson ex Bong. Sitka willow

This variety is the most common willow of the Pacific northwest but its range also extends into the Rocky Mountains at low elevations and it is hardy to USDA zone 4.

It grows well on sand and gravel bars of rivers and in forest clearings.

A distinctive shrub, the Sitka Willow grows only 2 - 10' tall and equally wide.

Sitka Willow has dark brown branches and dark, shiny, 2-4" leaves with velvety undersides.

Native groups used this willow for smoking meat and fish, as it does not give off a strong or offensive odor when burned. They used the strong and flexible bark of all willows for making ropes.

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

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