Plant family: Salicaceae - Willow
Plant type: Tree
Plant origin: N/A, California
Clay, Sand, Sandy Loam
Autumn Foliage, Fire Resistance, Hedges and Screens, Important to Native People
Salix laevigata, or red willow, is a fast growing winter deciduous tree that is a lover of water and is useful in erosion control and runoff areas. The foliage is a slender light green, finely toothed leaf that is shiny on top, with yellow midveins. The twigs are a orange to red color and are used in Nest construction and shelter for the Western Tiger Swallowtail. The foliage and flowers also attract many butterfly species, from spring to fall.
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