If you’re looking for erosion control, this is your willow. Sandbar willow grows in a wide variety of conditions – from wet meadows and ditches to lake edges and dunes – and does particularly well in sandy soils. It produces multi-stemmed clumps and also suckers to form colonies. The leaves are very narrow, but quite long – up to 25 times as long as they are wide. The flowering period is exceptionally long for our native willows, sometimes lasting into July. Long, thin, tan-coloured stems and branches are perfect for weaving baskets.
Grows with basket willow, pussy willow, meadowsweet, fowl manna grass, northern reed grass, sweetgrass, tufted hairgrass, seaside arrowgrass, swamp milkweed, prairie loosestrife, golden alexander, water parsnip and wild mint.
Available as bare-root cuttings of 8 – 12″.
$3 each, minimum 15
Life Cycle: perennial
Sun Exposure: full sun
Bloom Period: May – July
Height: 6 – 22 ft
Soil: moist – wet