Bog Willow


(Salix pedicellaris)

The bog willow is native to peatlands, fens, and bogs of North America. It ranges coast to coast from the Northern United States to every province and territory in Canada. As generally a very small shrub, the bog willow has upright stems and sparse branching.

Leaves are ovate to elliptic with smooth margins; green on top and bluish-green underneath. Leaf undersides are also possibly very glaucous when young. Twigs are yellow to reddish brown in colour and leaves/stems have no pubescence at all.

Green to brown catkins appear from May to June and wooly seeds are released from female capsules. Bog willow attracts bees and butterflies which aid in pollination.


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