Content tagged with "willow"

black willow

Black Willow

Salix nigra
In some parts of our nation, black willow is only a shrub, but, as Donald Culross Peattie notes, "beside the Father of Waters and its mighty tributaries," this willow is "a sprawling giant of a tree." The largest and most widely known of our native willows, black willow is the only member of its family that reaches commercial size.

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Meadow Willow

Salix petiolaris
A clumped shrub that grows naturally only in the northeastern part of Missouri, meadow willow lives in low, wet ground in mud or sandy gravel along streams and in wet meadows. Rare in our state, it is perhaps best identified by examining the leaves.

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sandbar willow

Sandbar Willow

Salix interior
Sandbar willow is a good soil binder and bank stabilizer; it prevents washing and erosion of alluvial soil. Each year, Missouri sells about $7 billion of agricultural products, and agriculture (whether crops or livestock) depends intimately on soil—so we don't want it to wash away!

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Ward’s Willow (Carolina Willow; Coastal Plain Willow; Ward Willow)

Salix caroliniana
This willow is one of the first woody species to occupy the outer edges of gravel bars in a stream. This "pioneer plant" honors an intellectual pioneer, Lester Frank Ward, who was a Civil War veteran, botanist, geologist and sociologist; he was the first president of the American Sociological Association.

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Way of the Willow

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To be healthy, streams must be mantled in trees, shrubs and grasses.

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Salix spp. (over a dozen species in Missouri)
You probably know about the exotic willows available at lawn and garden centers, but did you know there are several willow species native to Missouri? Most are rather humble colonizers of gravel bars, riverbanks and lakesides. Many have importance for human economic interests. All have a place in our wild ecosystems.

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