Sitka Willow – Native Plant Spotlight

Sitka Willow (Salix sitchensis)

Sitka Willow’s satin-luster leaves can be found flickering in the wind along the banks of bubbling streams and the edges of tranquil lakes. This deciduous native tree thrives in moist to wet soil conditions and makes a lovely addition to wetland restoration projects. Salix sitchensis is fast-growing and easy to care for, making it an ideal choice for beginner landscapers. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and reaches 30 feet at maturity.

Sitka Willow’s supple branches are excellent for making ropes and nets, and its bark was also traditionally used by indigenous tribes as material for clothes and diapers. With proper placement, this water-loving native tree will bring life and texture to your landscape.

Caroline Boschetto, AmeriCorps Projects Coordinator, Community Agriculture Engagement

Jim Pojar, Andy MacKinnon. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast. 2004.
King County Native Plant Guide: Sitka Willow
Featured Photo Credit: Walter Siegmund – Own work, CC BY 2.5

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