- Height: 10-12 feet tall and bushy
- Light: sun or dappled shade; best in dappled sun
- Soil: damp; even grows in standing water
- Bloom: Orange buds, white flowers, late winter
- Foliage: Silvery green, long and slender
- Spread: Minimal; does not sucker; slow to naturalize.
- Landscape: Butterfly, pollinator garden; bank stabilization; wet areas
- Attracts: Birds, butterflies, bees
- More information and native range here
Pollinator value: Very High. Larval host to the Acadian Hairstreak, Viceroy and dozens of other butterfly and moth species. Bees and beetles. Early nectar source for pollinators and a Keystone Plant, those that feed the largest numbers of pollinators.
Silky Willow is one of the showiest of the willows and less aggressive than most. Its silvery leaves make it a good alternative to the invasive Russian Olive.