Willow, Heart-Leaved; woolly-head willow
Pollinator value: Very High
The caterpillars of the Striped Hairstreat, Red-Spotted Purple and Mourning Cloak butterflies eat the leaves. Warblers, the Philadelphia Vireo and other birds nest in willows, and turtles eat the leaves. Special value to native bees.
One of the earliest spring bloomers, silky catkins appear before the leaves emerge.