Silky Willow (Salix sericea)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 6 to 12 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 12 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: gray and yellowish
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Water gardens
Dynamic Accumulator: Mg (Magnesium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees

base of plant in Piedmont environmental display

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Location: Philadelphia Flower Show in Philadelphia, PADate: 2018-03-08base of plant in Piedmont environmental display
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Location: Philadelphia Flower Show in Philadelphia, PADate: 2018-03-08foliage
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Location: Philadelphia Flower Show in Philadelphia, PADate: 2018-03-08young plant in Piedmont display
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 9, 2018 8:19 PM

I never saw this species until I saw one specimen that was in a pot placed in the Piedmont region display by Temple University at the Philadelphia Flower Show in 2018 with the Wonders of Water theme. It seems to be like a smaller version of the American Pussy Willow and a few other very similar shrub willow species. It is native to swamps, marshes, and wet wood edges from southeast Canada down to Georgia & Alabama to Arkansas to Missouri into Minnesota and back to New England. Its leaves are 40 to 150 mm long x 10 to 40 mm wide. It has little pussy flowers a little later than the real Pussy Willow.

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