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Salix sericea

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, average, loam, clay, sand

Height: 6'-12'

Bloom Time: May

Bloom Color: yellow, green

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, fall interest, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, stream margin plant

Salix sericea (silky willow)
  • Salix sericea (silky willow)
  • Salix sericea (silky willow)

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Description

Salix sericea

Also known as:

silky willow

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Scientific Synonyms:

Salix coactilis, Salix grisea, Salix pensylvanica

Description

Salix sericea is a fast growing , multi-stemmed shrub that rarely reaches more than 12' at maturity. The common name "silky willow" is a reference to the hairy, "silky" undersides of its leaves. These are green, blade or lance-like, and turn to yellow in fall. The flowers (catkins) are also silky.

Cultivation

Salix sericea is a nonsuckering species of willow. It can naturalize, slowly forming colonies propagated from seed. It is a moisture-loving plant that is commonly found near running fresh water, along rivers, streams and brooks. It prefers slightly acidic, well-drained soils. It is very adaptable to light conditions ranging from full-sun to open-shade. The blooming period occurs during late spring. Zones 4-8

Propagation

Propagate from seed, or by cuttings.

Additional Notes

More adaptable and less aggressive than other shrub-like species of willow. The flowers are very attractive to bees.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: AR

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Salicales
Family Salicaceae Willow family
Genus Salix willow
Species Salix sericea silky willow