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White Willow (Salix alba L.)

Also known as golden willow.

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Native to Europe and western to central Asia, this tree has been introduced to North America in many regions, and is particularly common in the Northeast.

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Introduced or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.


Cultivated both as a landscaping plant and for use in forestry. Salix alba 'Vitellina' ("Golden Willow"), selected for its golden-yellow shoots, has escaped cultivation and established itself in the wild in the U.S.

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