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Salix humilis

Prairie willow is a medium-tall shrub, growing 8-12 feet tall, with a thicket forming habit. The stems provide visual interest with their variable color, and the elegant green leaves add lovely texture to any garden style.


This is a hardy shrub, capable of growing well in a variety of sun and soil environments, preferring full sun and dry soil. This is a plant that can handle our summer droughts once established!


All of the Salix spp. are incredibly valuable for wildlife, so if you ever thought that you didn’t have the space or the water conditions to support a full-sized Willow tree, this could be a perfect solution. Salix humilis supports many of our native bees, as well as other pollinator insects and is the host plant for many types of moth and butterfly larvae, including the Acadian Hairstreak. Birds feed on the seeds of the willow catkins, and build nests in the thickets.


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Salix humilis (Prairie willow)

  • details

    SIZE: 1 gallon pot
    type: shrub
    sun needs: Full sun to part sun
    water needs: dry to wet
    height: 4-5'
    plant spacing: 2'-5' distance
    bloom time: April and May
    bloom color: green
  • special notes

    salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.
    deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)