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Meadow Willow

Scientific name

Salix petiolaris


The Meadow Willow is a large shrub which grows up to 5 m in height. The leaves are thin, pointed at both ends, shiny green in color, and range from 2-7 cm. The bark can appear grayish green or reddish brown. This shrub produces green/brown catkins, which bloom in May and grow up to 4 cm long. Meadow Willow has a rapidly spreading root system that makes this species great for controlling erosion. Additionally, bees are attracted to this shrub because it provides masses of flowers early in the season. Along with many other willows, Meadow Willow is notably susceptible to honey fungus.

Planting conditions

Meadow Willow prefers partial shade or shaded areas and wet to moist soil composed of clay, sand, or loam. However, this shrub can also be quite drought tolerant. The Meadow Willow’s natural habitat includes forest edges, wet prairies, swamps/marshes, and lakeshores.


  • Plant height:
    • Any
    • Over 3m
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
    • Wet
    • Flood Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Partial sun
    • Shade
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
    • Bareroot
  • Eco Zone:
    • 2a
    • 2b
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 5m