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Sand Bar Willow – Salix Interior
Sandbar Willow is a perennial shrub bearing resemblance to a ground-level version of lovely weeping willow tree leaves. The lance-shaped leaves which are several inches long are a pretty, bright emerald green and grow in intersecting clusters. The tickets can be ornamental but also serve multiple useful purposes. Sandbar Willow is ideal for wet lowlands, shores, banks, swamps, and other damp or watery areas. It is helpful for shore stabilization, erosion control and to prevent flooding, thriving in wet environments. Sandbar Willow is known for prolific suckering. The surrounding ground and watered areas are not the only benefactors of this helpful plant. Sandbar Willow is popular among many game birds and provides forage for adorable deer, including elk. Some of the birds intrigued by Sandbar Willow are the mallard and northern pintail ducks, ruffed grouse, and the white-crowned sparrow. The infamous snapping turtle, as well as the wood turtle, enjoy the fallen leaves of Sandbar Willow, and squirrels and beavers also enjoy the plant. You may be lucky to find the fox squirrel, gray squirrel or red squirrel admiring your garden of Sandbar Willow. Beavers use the branches in the construction of their dams and lodges and also find them tasty, which may or may not work in their favor over time. Another fascinating fact about Sandbar Willow is that it contains salicylic acid, the same active chemical that the common household pain reliever aspirin boasts. So essentially Sandbar Willow could be used to relieve headaches, fevers, and various pain complaints. It has disinfectant and antiseptic properties and could be used to treat bug bites in a pinch. Perhaps that is part of the reason why so many animals love visiting and using this plant, but it is just one of the reasons you will love it. Sandbar Willow is the perfect accompaniment to your personal wetland paradise.
Sand bar willow is also called Salix interior. The Sandbar willow will thrive in very moist or wet soil and is found a lot around streams. The blooms of this plant will be a greenish yellow color. This plant will do very well in flooded areas but does not do good in drought conditions. The Sandbar willow prefers full sun. The Sandbar willow is considered a medium shrub and will grow to be 5 to 10 feet wide.