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Salix laevigata

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Species Name: Salix laevigata
Common Name: Red Willow

Likes water! Excellent small tree recommended as erosion control near streams. Will spread. Twigs are red. Forage source for the Western Tiger Swallowtail, Mourning Cloak, Lorquin's Admiral, and Hairstreaks.

Plant Family: Salicaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 10-40' H x 25' W
Growth Habit: Upright, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Throughout California below 5,000'
Natural Habitat: Riverbanks, seepage areas, lake shores, canyons, ditches

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