Red Willow

Scientific Name:

Salix laevigata

Type:

Tree

Habitat:

Forest, stream banks

Range:

Native to the western United States

Status:

Least Concern (IUCN Red List)

This species is

NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

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.

Fast Facts:

  • 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.

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Last Updated:

June 30, 2021, 6:29:16 PM