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Snow Willow
Salix nivalis
About Snow Willow (Salix nivalis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Salix reticulata, the net-leaved willow, or snow willow, is a dwarf willow, native to the colder parts of Europe, North America, and Northern Asia. It is found in the western United States (Salix reticulata subsp. nivalis), including the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains. In Europe it extends south through the Carpathian Mountains and Alps to the Pyrenees and the mountains of Macedonia. It is common in Canada, Greenland and Finland, and present but rare in Scotland. The plant grows on wet, often slightly calcareous, rocks and ledges. Salix reticulata is a dwarf, prostrate, deciduous shrub growing to 8 cm (3 in) tall by 30 cm (12 in) broad, forming loose open mats with extensive, much-branched, underground stems. The exposed stems can rise to 20 cm (7. 9 in) high. The twigs are slightly hairy at first, then hairless and dark reddish-brown later. Leaves are 1. 2 cm to 5 cm long, 1 to 3. 5 cm wide; densely hairy at first, becoming hairless at least on the upper side. The leaves have a conspicuous network of veins. In Spring, slender yellow catkins with pink tips appear. Salix reticulata is cultivated as an ornamental plant, for use as groundcover. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

7.9 in tall

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, Yellow

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 18.9" - 55.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.32" - 2.75", Coldest Month: 21.0" - 49.3", Hottest Month: 41.8" - 75.5", Humidity: 1.53" - 23.43", Elevation: 988" - 12322"

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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