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Satiny Willow

Scientific name

Salix pellita


The Satiny Willow is a mid-sized deciduous shrub that grows up to 5 m high. It prefers moist soils and partial shaded areas. The leaves are alternate, lance-linear to lanceolate, 4-13 cm long, and 0.8-2.2 cm wide. This willow’s leaves are densely pubescent all over, appear to be a dark green, and covered by a waxy white film. It is very difficult to distinguish this plant from other willows before the unisexual catkins develop in May, or when the plant fruits in June.

Planting conditions

The natural habitats of the Satiny Willow are in the understories swamps/marshes, riparian edges, and lakeshores. This specie grows well in moist or wet conditions and is flood tolerant. It can grow in a variety of soil types including sand, clay, loam, and rocky soils, and prefers shade of partial sun.


  • Plant height:
    • Any
    • Over 3m
  • Moisture level:
    • Moist
    • Wet
    • Flood Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Partial sun
    • Shade
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
    • Bareroot
  • Eco Zone:
    • 0b
    • 1a
    • 1b
    • 2a
    • 2b
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 5m