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Shining Willow
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Salix lasiandra

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About Shining Willow (Salix lasiandra) 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
Tree, Shrub

Max. Height
3 - 30 ft (0.9 - 9.1 m)


Growth Rate

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
White, Yellow

Flowering Season

Native Status

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

Part Shade

Elevation ?
-7' - 14114'

Annual Precip. ?
5.1" - 113.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.16" - 3.99"

Coldest Month ?
11.1° F - 56.5° F

Hottest Month ?
34.4° F - 82.9° F

Humidity ?
0.01 vpd - 33.83 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils but prefers alluvial soil

Soil PH
5.0 - 7.0

Slow, Standing

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to -10° F

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

Wildlife Attracted
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
Water Requirement ?
Moderate - High
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Seldom Used

Max. Summer Water ?
Keep moist
No Summer Water
Keep moist

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

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other 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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