Hooker’s Willow also known as Coastal Willow, Dune Willow
Needs sunny areas with moist to wet soil to grow. Occurs < 100 m
Very Common around Puget Sound and the
Likes wet places, especially at the edges of standing water. Occasionally occurs on sandy beaches or dunes.
Plant strategy type/successional stage
It is an early seral species.
Alnus rhombifolia, Alnus rubra, Baccharis pilularis, Myrica californica, Rubus ursinus, Salix gooddingii, S. laevigata, S. lucida, S. sitchensis.
May be collected as
Collection restrictions or guidelines
Layering, most stem cutting types. Course stems are more brittle than most willows.
Surface sow seeds immediately after cleaned. Seeds ripen in late spring.
Seeds is as short as a few days. Maximum storage can be extended to 4-6 weeks.
Recommended seed storage conditions
Store seeds at 0°C.
For cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, plant from November to February in a sheltered outdoor bed or planted straight into their permanent position. For cuttings of half-ripe wood, plant from June to August in a frame.
Soil or Medium Requirements
It grows well in light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. It also does well with highly acidic and neutral soils, however it can also grow in saline soil. It requires moist or wet soil.
Cuttings have highest success rate, they are very quick to establish, as well as cost effective.
Recommended Plant density
3'+ for rooted plants, 2' for cuttings.
Care Requirements after instillation
Requires moist soil. Usually planted in riparian zones where little care is required.
Normal Rate of growth or spread; Lifespan
Height - 20’ Spread -15’ Growth Rate - Moderate
Lifespan - Moderate
Compiled by Kelly Sutton April 12, 2006