(Salix spp.)

A shady spot down by the riverside
Although the willow is a riparian-loving tree and is often found on the edge of streams and other water sources, it can also thrive in other locations. The willow was one of the first species used by Native Americans for making baskets and snares. The sap of the willow is rich with salicylic acid, an active component of aspirin, and has been used for pain relief for 2,000 years.

Willow is typically found in riparian areas as shrubs, but can also be found on uplands as trees and shrubs.

It is found as deciduous, sun-loving shrubs or small trees. There are many species of willow, yet all seem to have a shrubby form, generally less than 30 feet tall, with many branches and no distinct top. Willows can interbreed and as a result become difficult to identify.

All kinds of animals consume the willow twigs, flowers and leaves. Rabbits, mice, beaver and grouse may eat the bark, and deer eat the stems.

Willows prefer temperate, cool temperatures.

Though it does well in very moist soils, the willow may also be successfully used as a fast-growing ornamental or windscreen in drier, more open areas.


9755 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 210        
Portland, OR 97225        
Phone: 971-673-2944        
Fax: 971-673-2946

twitter youtube facebook linkedin

Related Websites