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Salix candida

Sageleaf Willow

Plant Type:


Salix candida (ex: Ed Bowen) – the Sageleaf Willow's leaves are covered with tiny felted hairs painting the shrub with a distinct, plush gray cast. Leaf undersides are a brighter matte light gray, flashing in summer breezes. Large yellow catkins occur in late winter to early spring. Handsome and understated this selection was made in Vermont. The species is prevalent in northern North America and perhaps should not be considered south of USDA zone 7. Salix candida will make a good and handsome wetlands reclamation plant, a quick growing element in a screen, a quiet pewter perennial garden backdrop or a contrasting element in a hedgerow. Also known as Hoary Willow it is most often found in wetlands; as such this shrub will be content in fertile, constantly moist soils set in full to mostly sunny conditions. Add some lime to the mix. Established pot grown shrub from cutting.

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8-12 ft


8-12 ft
Item Description Price  
SALCANDI Salix candida (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $25.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Salix candida

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Winter / Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Late Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Massing
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Shrub Border
  • Filler
  • Accent
  • Hedge
  • Marginal
  • Hedgerow
  • Screen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Rapid


  • Fertile
  • Wet
  • Moist


  • North America

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Salix

Common Name: Willow

Salix. These are the willows, a large genus of woody plants. Some willows are small shrubs, others grow into huge trees and there are many bushy species which fall in between. All prefer sun planted in fertile moisture retaining soils; some are tolerant of quite wet feet. Many have quite attractive lanceolate leaves with silvery undersides that flash in summer breezes… I have often thought of these as the “poor man’s bamboo”. Some have contorted and beautifully colored bark which shines in the winter landscape. Many sport beautiful winter/spring catkins. Nearly all willows have utilitarian applications in fencing, rods, basket making. All are very prune-able; in fact, any of the larger shrubs depending upon how you desire to employ them will respond well to pruning and coppicing. When coppiced those with beautifully colored winter stems display many more of them. And as with ornamental shrub dogwoods younger stems exhibit the best, most intense winter tones. All ornamental characteristics will be presented according to species/cultivar. All of the following offerings are established pot grown shrubs from a cutting. We may prune back all larger growing selections prior to shipping so that you will not incur the extra handling charge.