Silky Willow Live Stakes
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Silky Willow Live Stakes Description
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. It 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 rivers.
This 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 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 thickly covered with white silky hairs underneath. During winter, the leaves drop off or wither but persist on the plant.
It is a deciduous plant with multiple stems that thrives well 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.
This plant has many economic purposes, such as producing timber, paper, snowshoes, fences, shelter, nets, ropes, and ornamental, architectural, and horticulture uses. It is also said to be a biomass fuel or renewable energy source. 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.
Silky Willow Live Stake, Salix Sericea, is For Sale at TN Wholesale Nursery with Low Prices and Fast Shipping
We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.
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