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Botanical Name:
Salix Sericea

Hardiness Zone:
4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10

Mature Height:
2-6 ft.

Mature Width:
6-10 ft.

Growth Per Year:
Less than 1 ft.

Light Requirement:
Full Sun , Partial Shade

Soil Requirement:
Acidic , Well Drained

Status: In Stock
Here's how your plants will look on arrival. All plants are dormant with no leaves or foliage.



Silky willows are a shrub that grows in wetlands and is popular mostly in the eastern continental United States. The bush does well in many states, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The silky willow grows mostly on shorelines, in soil that is more mineral - with sand or gravel. They can grow in marshes or swaps as well, as their water needs are high, and they naturally appear only in wetlands. Silky willows will bear fruit, a berry containing two seeds, which will split open at the end of the seasonal cycle once the berry is dried out.


Silky willow live stakes are available for those who want to have one of these plants in their backyards. The willows need soil with a higher clay content than most, and the overall texture of the ground the willow is planted in should be coarse. The willows will need more than an average amount of water, as they are wetland plants, and some gravel or sand in the soil mix is a good step towards allowing for plenty of aeration in the soil. It's also essential that the willows be given adequate room to spread since the full span of the plant will reach almost three feet wide, and four feet tall. These willows are an excellent plant to establish by a river or stream bed since they not only have no problems with occasional floods and changes in salinity; they also prove to be an excellent defense against erosion. Silky willows can also stabilize banks that are already shaky, making them ideal for areas that have already been flooded once. The silky willow will also attract songbirds, waterfowl, and small mammals to its branches, making this plant a perfect component for any animal lover's property. The foliage will last throughout the fall, fading into a yellow as the months move closer into winter.