Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Scouler’s willow

Salix scouleriana

About This Species

Zone 3a BC Native

Grow me instead of Russian olive

Scouler’s willow is a twiggy, water-tolerant shrub ranging from 2 to 12 m tall. Perfect for moist or poorly drained areas, this shrub has “pussy willow” like catkins in the spring that look great in a vase. Scouler’s willow has glossy green leaves.

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


Moist but well-drained conditions