Landscape Use: It’s a nice screening plant that grows fast with a distinctive tall vase-shaped form, providing good winter interest. Bebb’s Willow should be used in conjunction with aspen when building a naturalized aspen parkland habitat. Likes full sun. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Native pollinators (bees) feed on the early flowers. Special Conditions: It’s the most drought tolerant willow in Alberta.
Bebb / Diamond Willow (Salix bebbiana)
Large shrub about 5m tall and 3-4 m wide at the top. Long wide leaves vary in texture from shiny to hairy. Pussy willows (male catkins) bloom in mid spring, turning bright yellow with pollen as they mature. Older growth is grey, but young branches vary in colour from brown reddish.