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Silverberry (Wolf Willow) vs Bebbs Willow

Elaeagnus commutata

Salix bebbiana

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Silverberry (Wolf Willow)
Bebbs Willow

Silverberry (also known as Wolf Willow) is a common native North American shrub. This beautiful ornamental plant has characteristic silver leaves and fragrant yellow flowers.

Its silver berries remain on the branches through the winter. Silverberry is cold hardy and has some ability as a nitrogen fixer. It can grow on dry to moist sandy/gravel soils. This plant is very low maintenance.

This large shrub is native to all of Canada and most of the United States. Its leaves are green on the top and grey on the bottom, and it produces catkin based flowers and non-edible fruit which appears very similar to a group of pine needles.

Bebb's Willow is foraged for by many species including elk, hares, beavers and various birds. It is commonly used to prevent erosion and protect aquatic environments due to its preference for shady, moist environments.

SILVERBERRY (WOLF WILLOW) QUICK FACTS

BEBBS WILLOW QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Catkins: yes
Berries: silver, edible
Flowers: yellow
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: high
Suckering: high





Other Names: american silverberry, silver berry, wolf willow
Other Names: beak willow, diamond willow, livid willow, long-beaked willow, smooth bebb willow, smooth gray willow