Salix exigua
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Hardiness Zone: 5-10 Height: 7-13 feet; 2-4 metres Spread: 7-16 feet; 2-5 metres Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Moist to wet Wildlife: Thickets provide excellent habitat for a number of birds and mammals. Favourite hiding place for coyotes. Tolerates: Seasonal flooding; clay soils; urban pollution Culture: Salix exigua grows well in most soils, but prefers a dry to medium moist, well-drained soil. It is very effective if pruned back to 1 foot above the ground each spring before coming into leaf. This encourages vigorous arching stems and fresh, beautiful silvery foliage. Noteworthy Characteristics: A handsome foliage plant, Garden Uses: Hedge or screening; naturalizing