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Forest, stream banks
Native to the western United States
Least Concern (IUCN Red List)
This species is
to the Truckee Meadows.
Red willows grow at a rapid rate and can reach over 50 feet tall. They have short narrow yellow-green leaves that can grow up to four inches long. The trunk of the tree is usually grey but can change into a reddish color as it ages. The branches along red willows are slim and reddish colored. These trees can often contain catkins that range from a yellow to white color.
Red willows have been recognized by ecologists for the large number of bees it attracts.
Red willows support conservation biological control by attracting ants and aphids.
United States Department of Agriculture, Salix Laevigata, 2014, https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/home/plantProfile?symbol=SALA3
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Salix Laevigata, 2007, https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SALA3
Red List, Salix Laevigata, 2018, https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/153758606/181464346#assessment-information
iNaturalist, Red Willow, 2021, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=97394&subview=table&taxon_id=58319
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June 30, 2021 at 6:29:16 PM
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