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Photo courtesy of Sheri Hagwood, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.

Pacific willow

Scientific name
Salix lasiandra
Also Known As
Golden willow, Western black willow, Western shining willow, Whiplash willow
Plant Family
Pacific willow is a small deciduous tree or large shrub that appears tall and slender. The shiny leaves on this fast-growing willow are long and thin with finely toothed edges. The fruits are thick catkins that are hairless, light reddish-brown. The bark is furrowed with broad flat scaly plates. Source: USDA Plants Database
Identification Hints

Pacific willow is a fast growing but short-lived tree. This species prefers a damp heavy soil but will succeed in most soils. This species is often found in riverbanks, floodplains, lakeshores, and wet meadows often standing in quiet river backwaters. It grows best in a sunny position scattered at low elevations along major rivers.

Did You Know?

Willows produce salicin, which is closely related to acetylsalicylic acid, commonly known as aspirin. Various preparations from willows are used to treat stomachache, sore throats, colds, diarrhea, and even dandruff. Native Americans used the stems for bow making and the bark for fabrics and tea.