Sandbar Willow Tree Overview
Sandbar Willow tree (Salix interior) is a species of willow native to most of North America. The multi-stemmed deciduous shrub typically grows 6 to 20 feet. Sandbar Willows grow best in moist and wet areas along sand bars and muddy stream banks. At maturity the schrub can reach 20′-25′.
Sandbaw Willow trees have a variety of uses! They thrive in moist environments and are commonly used to prevent erosion as well as to stabilize stream banks. The shrubs also provide shelter for wildlife, such as deer, rabbits, and beavers. The flowers are good source for bees to make high quality honey. The branches and bark can be used for building materials, such as baskets, poles, and more.
Sandbar Willow trees have green leaves that are narrow with widely spaced teeth at the edges. Produces flowers in catkins in late spring when the leaves begin to appear. It is a dioecious plant, meaning it has male and female catkins on separate plants.
- Uses: urban, recreational, rounded form for use in wet areas, agroforestry products (medicinal), wildlife (provides food and shelter), erosion control (help to stabililize stream banks)
- Size: Large sized shrubs with height of 6 to 12 ft.
- Sun Conditions: Best grown in full sun.
- Soil Conditions: Grows well in most, loamy, deep soils, especially along stream beds. Can survive flooding, but not very tolerant to drought.
- Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9
- Pests and diseases:
- Twig cankers: susceptible
- Tar spots: susceptible
- Aphids: susceptible
- Willow galls: susceptible
- Scale insects: susceptible