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PlantFiles: Bebb's Willow, Beaked Willow, Diamond Willow
Salix bebbiana

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salix (SAL-iks) (Info)
Species: bebbiana

Synonym:Salix depressa subsp. rostrata
Synonym:Salix rostrata
Synonym:Salix starkeana subsp. bebbiana
Synonym:Salix vagans var. rostrata

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive prilley On Oct 24, 2006, prilley from Tomah, WI wrote:

This is a hardy shrub/ssmall tree that grows best in moist soils, but it will grow well in other soils as well, as long as it is not sandy and dry. I would be interested in procedures for propagating this species through cuttings. I acquired my rooted cuttings through a State of North Dakota Conservation Nursery.

Neutral melody On Mar 31, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I do not grow this plant..information only.

The name Diamond Willow comes from the diamond shaped patterns on the trunk. Caused by fungi and is more common in shade or poor sites. The contrasting pattern is quite popular for lamps, walking canes, candle holders and many unique pieces of furniture.

This is a northern willow, common in Alaska and all across Canada, found along streams and in swampy areas. It also forms dense thickets after forest fires and is useful in preventing erosion.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tomah, Wisconsin

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