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Salix exigua

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Species Name: Salix exigua
Common Name: Sandbar Willow

Good for stabilization near streambanks. Spreads by underground roots which can be invasive. Forage source for the Western Tiger Swallowtail, Mourning Cloak, Lorquin's Admiral, and Hairstreaks.

Plant Family: Salicaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 6-10' H x spreading
Growth Habit: Tall, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 30 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Throughout California
Natural Habitat: Streamsides, marshes, wet ditches below 8,000'

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