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Common Name: Sandbar Willow

Species Name: Salix exigua Nutt.

Family Name: Salicaceae

Plant Type: Shrubs



Plant Facts  
Origin North America
Duration Perennial
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout except uncommon in southeast
Sun Preference Shade Intolerant
Susceptibility Foliar Diseases



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics

    Shrub or small tree, forms thickets

  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 3-inch diameter, 3 to 18-foot height
    • Leaves: Decidious Broadleaf
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Long, narrowly lance-shaped
    • Stipules: Yes
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petals: Narrow catkins with tiny yellow hairy scales
    • Flower Color: Yellow
    • Flower Timing: Spring
    • Fruit Type: Capsule with small seeds



Habitat Flood plains, along stream banks
Soil Type Wet riparian soils
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6 to 8
Successional Stage Early



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