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  • 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

Willow, Silky

7 Gallons
  • 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.

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