Also called Pacific Willow
More About Salix lucida
- Yellow catkins appear after the leaves
- Narrow, shiny, dark green foliage above, shiny, light green below
- Plant is called 'shining' because of its smooth, shiny leaves
- Bark is smooth, reddish-brown
- Leaves are yellow in the fall
- Bloom Time: Spring
First Nations used it to treat toothaches, stomach aches, dysentery and dandruff. They used the stems for basketry, bow making and the bark for tea and fabric making.
A favourite browse for deer, mouse, elk, beaver and mice. They are also an important habitat for migrating, wildlife fowl.
Shining Willow Growing and Maintenance Tips
Shining willow grows best in a moist soil and is suitable for wetland edges or riverbanks.
Salix lucida Characteristics
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils