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Shining Willow
Salix lasiandra
  
About Shining Willow (Salix lasiandra) 6 Nurseries Carry This Plant Salix lasiandra is a native willow tree that grows in virtually every county of the state in wetland-riparian areas. It is a suckering willow that will extend its roots and spread into any area that has sufficient moisture. It was formerly classified as a subspecies of Salix lucida, and some sources may still refer to it by that name. There are two recognized Varieties: Var. lasiandra is widespread. Var. caudata (Shining Willow) is less common and restricted to the Sierras and northward. Like all willows, this species prefers alluvial soils with plenty of water. It is not often seen in residential gardens but is useful in restoration projects, bioswales, and other consistently wet areas.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Tree, Shrub

Size
Size
3 - 30 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Willows generally attract a lot of wildlife. The genus is host plant to numerous butterflies including the Dreamy Duskywing, Lorquin's Admiral, Mouning Cloak, Sylvan Hairstreak, Viceroy, Western Tiger Swallowtail, and Weidemeyer's Admiral.

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Moderate - High

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Keep moist

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to -10° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Slow, Standing

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils but prefers alluvial soil. Soil PH: 5.0 - 7.0

Common uses
Common uses
Bogs and Ponds, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with other wetland-riparian plants such as Sycamore (Platanus racemosa), Cottonwood (Populus sp.), Sedges (Carex sp.), Rush (Juncus), etc.

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Stream banks, pond margins, drainage ditches, and other wet areas, from sea level to 8,500 ft.

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 5.1" - 113.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 3.99", Coldest Month: 11.1" - 56.5", Hottest Month: 34.4" - 82.9", Humidity: 0.01" - 33.83", Elevation: -7" - 14114"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Salix lucida


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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