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The sandbar willow shrub, also known as Salix interior belongs to the willow or Salicaceae family. The shrub grows well in Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. This shrub can grow in two forms, the first as a small tree growing up to 20 feet tall and a trunk 6 inches in diameter, and the second form as a shrub with multiple thin stems that grow up to 8 feet tall. This shrub proliferates at three to four feet per year before reaching maturity. The stems of a sandbar willow shrub are slender and vary in color from yellow-brown to gray. The leaves change from medium to pale green. Male or female florets grow as catkins and are long and cylindrical in shape and green in color.
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The shrubs are very easy to grow as you can cultivate a new shrubby breaking off a stem and sticking it into moist soil where roots will begin to develop. Sandbar willow shrubs used for planting near swamps, pond borders, rivers, gravel and sandbars, lake beaches, marshes, and ditches; The shrub is also useful for reducing soil erosion. The sandbar willow is popular among pollinators and attracts a variety of bees and butterflies as well as small animals such as birds, squirrels, beavers, and turtles. This shrub also has medicinal uses and can be used for headaches, fever, gout, pain and as a disinfectant, antiseptic, and skin ointment due to the salicylic acid in its tissues. The sandbar willow has one variety named the Silver Sands Willow and is directly related to the Laurel, Peach leaf and White Willow. Overall this is low maintenance, a useful shrub that can be planted along stream banks to stabilize the shoreline, or to plant in wet spots the prevent erosion.