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Salix matsudana

Hankow Willow
Salicaceae
Deciduous, Trees

SALIX

Fast-growing, weak-wooded, short-lived plants. Weeping willows are best used as single trees near a stream or lake, though they can, with training, become satisfactory shade trees for patio or terrace. They leaf out very early in spring and hold their foliage late. Shrubby willows are grown mainly for catkins (this group goes by the name “pussy willow”) or colorful twigs, as screen plants, or for erosion control on stream or river banks.

Salix matsudana

Native to north Asia. Upright, pyramidal growth to 40 to 50 ft. tall, 30 to 40 ft. wide. Bright green, narrow, 2- to 4-in.-long leaves. Can thrive on less water than most willows. This species and its varieties are popular in the high desert.

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