Sandbar Willow - Salix exigua | Pots ready spring & fall

Common name: Sandbar Willow

Scientific name: Salix exigua

Example mature size: 6 m tall, 5 m wide; 20 ft tall, 16.5 ft wide

Sunlight: Full-sun, Partial-sun

Water: Medium-wet

Soil: Clay, Sand, Loam

Blooms: Yellow in April

Ontario plant status: Native Shrub, Common

Natural habitats: Roadsides-ravines, Riverbanks-beaches

Wildlife benefits: Host plant 🐛, Beneficial insects 🐞, Bees/wasps 🐝, Deer/moose 🦌, Rodents 🐿️, Butterflies/skippers 🦋

Points of interest: - Has both male and female flowers, where the males provide more pollen for bees - A larval host to the mourning cloak and tiger swallowtail - Grows in colonies due to root system spreading; good for soil erosion control - Important to native pollinators each spring as they have higher amounts of pollen and nectar early in the growing season when other food sources are scarce