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  • Black willow (Salix nigra)

    Foliage of black willow.

    Also known as:

    black willow
    Black willow is a native tree that can tolerate very wet sites. It is fast growing, but may live for only 40 or 50 years. Wood is brittle and the tree may require regular pruning.

    Size Range:

    • Large tree (more than 40 feet),
    • Medium tree (25-40 feet)

    Light Exposure:

    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

    Native Locale:

    • Chicago area,
    • Illinois,
    • North America
  • Goat willow (Salix caprea)

    Flower buds of goat willow beginning to open in very early spring.

    Also known as:

    Goat willow, pussy willow
    Goat willow is a small, compact tree or large shrub with attractive long male catkins appearing before the leaves in early spring.

    Size Range:

    • Small tree (15-25 feet),
    • Compact tree (10-15 feet),
    • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)

    Light Exposure:

    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)

    Native Locale:

    • Non-native
  • Golden weeping willow (Salix alba 'Tristis')

    Golden weeping willow in early spring.

    Also known as:

    golden weeping willow
    Golden weeping willow is so named for its brilliant yellow twigs and graceful, drooping form. Like all willows, this cultivar is very tolerant of wet sites; it is also highly susceptible to storm damage.

    Size Range:

    • Large tree (more than 40 feet)

    Light Exposure:

    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

    Native Locale:

    • Non-native
  • Prairie willow (Salix humilis)

    Prairie willow shrubs.

    Also known as:

    Prairie willow, upland willow, small pussy willow, dwarf willow
    Prairie willow is a dwarf shrubby willow reaching 4 to 6 feet high, but can grow as high as 10 feet with branches reaching low to the ground. Often found in upland open prairies, along roadsides, and disturbed sandy soil. One of the first shrubs to flower in the spring before the leaves emerge.

    Size Range:

    • Large shrub (more than 8 feet),
    • Medium shrub (5-8 feet)

    Light Exposure:

    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)

    Native Locale:

    • Chicago area,
    • Illinois,
    • North America
  • Purple basket willow (Salix purpurea)

    Purple basket willow shrubs growing in a landscape bed.

    Also known as:

    Purple basket willow; Purple-osier willow; Basket willow
    Purple basket willow is a large, finely textured, upright shrub with reddish purple stems often used in basket weaving. The blue-green, narrow foliage has silvery undersides adding to summer interest.

    Size Range:

    • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)

    Light Exposure:

    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

    Native Locale:

    • Non-native
  • Pussy willow (Salix discolor)

    Early spring flowers of pussy willow.

    Also known as:

    Pussy willow
    Pussy willow is a short-lived, fast growing, native tree or large shrubby shrub with a rounded crown. In early spring the silky furry catkins open before the leaves to signal spring is on the way.

    Size Range:

    • Small tree (15-25 feet),
    • Compact tree (10-15 feet),
    • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)

    Light Exposure:

    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)

    Native Locale:

    • Illinois,
    • North America
  • White willow (Salix alba)

    A mature white willow tree.

    Also known as:

    white willow
    White willow, like other species of willow, is very tolerant of wet sites. It is a fast-growing tree with weak wood that is prone to storm damage. This species is best known for its weeping cultivars ('weeping willows'). This plant has some cultivated varieties.

    Size Range:

    • Large tree (more than 40 feet)

    Light Exposure:

    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

    Native Locale:

    • Non-native