Pacific Willow is one of our largest native willows, ranging from being a small shrub to being tree-like in height. It has reddish brown to yellow twigs and lance shaped leaves. Its bark has traditionally been used to produce a type of twine.
||Salix lucida ssp. lasiandra S. lasiandra
|Height and Spread
||1-9 m tall.
||1 – 3 m.
||Catkins are pale yellow.
||Appearing at the same time as leaves in early spring.
||Glossy dark green above and paler green below on leaves.
|Light and Water
||Generally grows in open sites, though can tolerate shade.
||Grows in wet areas along rivers, streams, and freshwater swamps.
||The St’at’imc people referred to Pacific Willow as ‘match plant’ as it was used to make fire drills. The bark was also used to make twine.
||Pacific Willow is an important part of the winter diet of moose, deer, and elk in parts of the province.
||Pacific Willow is useful to landscape wet, open areas. As Pacific Willow grows into a small tree it can provide shaded areas.
||The species name lucida means ‘shiny’, in reference to the twigs.
||Pacific Willow is easily propagated through cuttings. It can also be done by seed, though a specific process is necessary for high germination rates.