Scouler's Willow is a shrub or tree (in favorable environments) native to western and interior North America. It grows in a variety of habitats from dry forests and cleared areas to bogs and waters edge. The widespread root system and is very water tolerant. Thin leggy branches are greenish or brownish yellow. Furry catkins flower in early spring before glossy obovate leaves emerge. Scouler's Willow is the most common willow at elevation in its range.
Botanical Name: Salix scouleriana Other Names: Nuttall Willow, Fire Willow, Mountain Willow, Black Willow Family: SalicaceaeNative to: Interior North America, Western North America Eco benefits: attracts pollinators, erosion control Natural habitat: swamps & bogs, barren or disturbed ground, waters edge, inner forests, floodplains, forest edge Shapes: clump, upright Height: 6-40ft Common uses: reforestation, naturalized plantings, rain garden Light: full sun, partial shade Soil: tolerates wet feet, dry, wet