CT RG P EcoR
Soil: Slightly acidic loam
Moisture: Moist to Wet
Light: Full to Part Sun
Plant Height: 10 to 25 feet
Plant Width: 10 to 15 feet
Pests: Various insects and fungi
Landscape Value: Great for low areas, along streams and ponds, and in rain gardens. Good for soil stabilization.
Large, fast-growing, multi-stemmed shrub capable of forming dense colonies. Leaves are strongly veined when mature, giving a quilted appearance. Bark is shiny and gray-green when young, becoming rough and furrowed with age. Twigs are maroon colored. Flowers occur in catkins that resemble small bottlebrushes and bloom in early spring on bare stems before new leaves appear. Male and female catkins occur on different plants. Flowers provide early season pollen for pollinators. Tolerates short periods of flooding, clay and rocky soil, and moderately alkaline soil. Attracts butterflies and bees. Larval host for Mourning Cloak and Viceroy butterflies.
Bebb’s willow is the most important species of “diamond willow,” a term referring to trees that have wood with diamond-shaped cavities with contrasting colors (reddish-brown and white). The contrasting colors make the wood highly attractive to carvers.
1 gallon pot, 3-4 feet tall
Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, University of WI-Green Bay (photo by Gary Fewless)
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (photo by R.W. Smith)
www.minnesotawildflowers.info (photo by Peter M. Dziuk)