What it looks like

The peachleaf willow has long pointed leaves that are 5 to 14 centimetres long, and are dark green on the top and pale green underneath. The peachleaf willow’s blossoms, called catkins, grow on leafy shoots that hang down from branches. They appear in the spring at the same time as the willow’s leaves. Many animals feed on twigs and buds from willow trees, and its flowers are a source of nectar and pollen for bees.

Where it is found

A native of Canada’s prairies, the peachleaf willow is found in southern Ontario. It usually grows in a clump with other peachleaf willows, in moist soil close to rivers, lakes and in swamps.

Planting Tips

  • Size: Up to 20 metres tall, trunk is 40 cm in diameter
  • Moisture: Needs a lot of moisture
  • Shade: Needs full sun
  • Soil: Grows in a variety of soils

Peachleaf willows need a lot of moisture, so they grow best in damp soil.

Did you know?

The peachleaf willow can be found as far south as Mexico.

Image credits

  • Tree: USDA Plant Database
  • Leaf: USDA Plant Database
  • Bark: USDA Plant Database
  • Catkin: USDA Plant Database