General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: In Water
Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Showy
Inconspicuous
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Other Beneficial Insects: caterpillars and other larvae, many insects
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: about 1 day
Sow in situ
Other info: no dormancy know in any willow species
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bumblebees
Bees
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Dioecious

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Honey Bees in the Garden:  MayHoney Bees in the Garden: May
May 5, 2011

May is a month that showcases flowers for special days. Flowers for May Day, flowers for Mother's Day, flowers for Memorial Day and flowers for the honey bees.

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Location: Thorndale, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-07-14mature Golden Weeping Willow (S. alba 'Tristis')
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Location: French Creek State Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-10-26Black Willow at lake shore
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Location: Marsh Creek Lake, PennsylvaniaDate: 2018-01-18Black Willows along lake
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Location: TwispDate: December
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Location: Thorndale, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-08-16Black Willow (Salix nigra) leaves
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Location: northwest PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-09-10American Pussy Willow shrubs in the wild
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-03-26At winter's end, branchs csn be cut  to take inside , planed in w
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-04-02
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Location: TwispDate: 2015-08-02
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-01-30
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2016-06-01Sanbar Willow flowers
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Location: TwispDate: December
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-03-22
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-03-31
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-08-30
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-01-30
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-02-22First sign of spring approaching noted in my area this year...
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Date: 2016-03-14
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 12, 2018 4:16 PM

Salix is the Latin name for this genus of woody plants. There are about 300 species of deciduous trees and shrubs being Willows, native across the Northern Hemisphere. They are usually fast growing with soft wood. Their alternate leaves are lance-shaped and longer than wide. Their tiny flowers are borne in dense, fuzzy catkins that appear before the leaves or with young leaves and are pollinated by bees and some other insects. Separate male and female catkins are borne on separate plants so that they are dioecious. The fruit is a small , 2-valved capsule that contains many minute hairy seeds that float in the wind a good distance in late spring or early summer. The relatively large buds are covered by one scale. The smooth, flexible twigs are used for basket weaving. Aspirin was originally derived from the brown bark. Willows grow wild in moist to wet soils in full sunshine, as many other woody plants out-compete them anywhere else, and they stabilize the banks of watercourses. Some species are very common and easily recognized in bottomlands, swamps, and floodplains; but, there are quite a number of less common species that are difficult to tell apart. Willows are hosts to hundreds of beneficial insect species that feed some on the foliage, bark, or flower nectar. Some are grown as ornamental trees and shrubs. Willows are easy to propagate from stem cuttings that root in water.

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