Bayberry willow (Salix myricoides)

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 5b
Plant Height: 8 to 12 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Other: smaller pussy flowers
Flower Color: Green
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Uses: Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: Mg (Magnesium)
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

full-grown shrub in summer

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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2015-06-19full-grown shrub in summer
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2015-06-19summer foliage
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 9, 2018 8:17 PM

This is one of a number of shrub willow species that are not very different from each other. It takes an expert really to tell them apart. There is also botanical disagreement about whether species or varieties. The leaves of this species are supposed to be 35 to 110 mm long x 11 to 46 mm wide. The species is native to Newfoundland to north of Hudson Bay to southeast Quebec and New England over around the Great Lakes. I found one labeled specimen on the east side of Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois that would be part of its range.

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