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Scouler’s Willow

Scientific name

Salix scouleriana


Scouler's Willow is a large deciduous shrub species that typically grows about 9 m high. The bark is reddish brown with thin flat ridges. The leaves are blueish green colored, shiny, narrowly oval shaped, have a wedge-shaped base, rounded tips, and entire margins. The undersides of the leaves may also have small red hairs. The flowers are small puffy white catkins that resemble Pussy Willow and bloom between April and June. The flowers produce small thin seed capsules that release seeds into the wind. The root system is extensive, making this a great species for controlling erosion and stabilizing loose soil.

Planting conditions

Scouler's Willow grows best in moist to wet conditions with full sun exposure. It prefers moderately drained, rocky, clay, loam, or sand soil types. It is tolerant of periodically flooded areas. It is also fairly tolerant to dry sites, more than other Willow species. It is intolerant to full shade but can handle some partial sun. This shrub can be naturally found in wet meadows, rocky slopes, and along river or lake shorelines.


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