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
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
Pricing & Availability
Salix sericeaAlso known as:
Salix coactilis, Salix grisea, Salix pensylvanica
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.
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
Propagate from seed, or by cuttings.
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
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
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