Shrub, 3-12 feet tall

Light: fun sun to light shade

Soil: moist to wet

One of the earliest spring bloomers, silky catkins appear before the leaves emerge.  Important food source for emerging bees.

First year twigs green and hairy turn red.

Red-tipped new growth

Willow, Heart-Leaved

3 Gallons
  • 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.

    Mourning Cloak caterpillar host.