Greenleaf Willow (Salix lucida)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7a
Plant Height: 10 to 20 feet
Plant Spread: 12 to 20 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Other: 1.5 to 2 inch long yellow-green catkins
Flower Color: Green
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Dynamic Accumulator: Mg (Magnesium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
planted young shrub not full-grown

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Location: Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, ILDate: 2018-08-23planted young shrub not full-grown
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Location: Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, ILDate: 2018-08-23summer foliage
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 1, 2018 3:24 PM

Shining Willow's native range goes from northern Delaware to northern Illinois and Iowa up into Canada through Manitoba, pouring a little into Alberta, and most of Ontario and Quebec, through Nova Scotia down though New England back to Delaware in various kinds of wet places. I have not seen it in the wild yet, so it is not a common plant in its southern range; probably way up north it is. It has fairly large, dark, shiny leaves that actually are edible for humans. Like other willows, it has a shallow, lateral root system and is easy to transplant. It is one of a number of willow shrubs that are similar.

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