Arroyo Willow

Arroyo Willow Plant Information


Arroyo Willow grows in the following 9 states:

Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, Oregon, California, Nevada, Texas, Washington

Salix lasiolepis (arroyo willow) is a species of willow native to western North America.

The core range of the arroyo willow includes most of California, including the California Coast Ranges, Arizona, Klamath Mountains, Peninsular Ranges, Sierra Nevada, and Transverse Ranges. It extends north into Washington, south into Baja California, and east into Idaho, Utah, Texas, and Coahuila (Mxico).
The plant is commonly found growing in riparian zones in canyons and valleys, along pond shores, and in marshes and wetlands. It is found in many plant communities, including: chaparral, oak woodland, mixed evergreen forest, coast redwood forest, yellow pine forest, red fir forest, lodgepole pine forest, and grasslands.
Salix lasiolepis is a deciduous large shrub or small multi-trunked tree growing to 10m (33ft) tall. The shoots are yellowish brown and densely hairy when young. The leaves are 3.5-12.5cm long and broadly lanceolate in shape. They are green above and glaucous green below. The undersides are covered with whitish or rusty hairs which gradually wear off during the summer.
The flowers are arranged in yellow catkins 1.5-7cm long which are produced in early spring. The bloom period is February to May.
The indigenous peoples of California used the species in various ways. As a traditional medicinal plant, infusions of the leaves, bark, or flowers were a used for several disease remedies. The inner bark was used to make rope. Shoots were used in coiled and twined basketry, and branches were used to make acorn storage baskets.

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