Salix laevigata, Red Willow
A California native tree that can reach up to 50 feet tall and wide. Yellow flowers bloom in the winter through spring. This tree goes deciduous in the winter. The green leaves are broad and long. The bark is gray and rigged.
Plant with: Maples (Acer sp.), Alders (Alnus sp.), Dogwood (Cornus sp.), California Walnut (Juglans californica or hindsii), Sycamore (Platanus racemosa), Cottonwood (Populus sp.), Currant/Gooseberry (Ribes sp.), wild Rose (Rosa sp.), and wild grape (Vitis californica or girdiana). Also works well with various wetland grasses and grass-like plants such as Sedges (Carex sp.), Spikerush (Eleocharis sp.), Rushes (Juncus sp.), and Alkali Sacaton (Sporobolus airoides)
- Best in full sun to part shade
- Likes moisture
- Attracts bees, birds, and butterflies
- Hardy to -10
- Native to California