Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Sandbar willow

Salix exigua

About This Species

Zone 4a BC Native

Grow me instead of Russian olive

Sandbar willow is widespread throughout North America and is grown as a popular ornamental shrub in the UK. It grows to 7 m tall and has attractive grey bark and narrow, silver-green leaves. This willow does best in moist areas such as streamsides. It also tolerates the occasional drought. Sandbar willow does well in either sun or part shade.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Consistently moist or wet conditions