Silky Willow Live Stakes

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Silky Willow Live Stakes, Salix Sericea – A Rapid Growing Plant

The Silky Willow formally called Salix Sericea, is a shrub and a member of the genus Salix commonly known as willows. Salix comes from the Latin word "jump," about the plant's rapid growth. However, rapid growth in this genus is associated with a short lifespan. Silky willow is a native species found in the Eastern half of Northern America, where it grows on the borders of lakes, streams, swamps, on ridges, or along the rivers.

Silky Willow plant ranges in size from the weeping willow tree to small shrubs. It is considered an excellent alternative to plant in place of the non-native shrub. The plant is not fuzzy about soil quality and performs well in moderately acidic soils that are moist with fine to coarse textures. Willows are propagated easily from cuttings, and the roots quickly grow. They control erosion in certain areas and the host plant for caterpillars of the Acadian hairstreak butterfly, Saturium acadica. The planting season of Salix sericea is from early to mid-spring. Plant outgrown plants in a container into a partially shaded sunny site that is moist but free draining.

Silky Willow Live Stakes, Salix Sericea Do Not Require Much Attention From the Gardeners

The plant grows from 2 to 4 meters tall and has long, thin and twigs that become purplish with age. The spear-like blade leaves are about 6 to 10 cm long, 7 to 8 mm wide, lanceolate, acuminate, reddish for a short period, and dark green. On top, the leaves are lightly hairy, light green, and are thickly covered with white silky hairs underneath. During winter, the leaves drop off or wither, but they persist on the plant.

It is a deciduous plant with multiple stems that thrives well either in the sun or shade. The production of silky willow flowers comes before the leaves. The flowers are yellow-green during the flowering season between March to May and completely turn yellow during the fall season. A stress-free plant, silky willow is low-maintenance that does not require much attention from the gardener.

The silky willow plant has many economic purposes, such as the production of timber, paper, snowshoes, fences, shelter, nets, ropes, and ornamental, architectural, and horticulture uses. It is also said to be a source of biomass fuel or renewable energy. Interweaving the baskets or for caning and manufacturing woven fences and other lattices are from the silky willow's flexible twigs.

Medically, Salix plants are linked to the discovery of acetylsalicylic acid and aspirin. They are traditionally used to treat inflammation, fever, and painful musculoskeletal joint pain conditions.

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