Salix amygdaloides

amygdaloides = almond like

Peachleaf Willow

This delightful willow is native to most of North America except the Southeast and can grow from 10-60ft, but I have only seen it as a relatively modest shrub growing in nutrient poor soil on the shores of Lake Champlain in VT from where the cuttings for our plants came. The Peachleaf Willow has very lovely foliage that is soft, thin and long-pointed, on long slender stems. I haven’t seen it flower yet, so I won’t comment on that aspect yet, but next spring my plants might give me that pleasure. To keep this plant at an accommodating size, coppice every 1-2 years and it will reward you with lots of handsome foliage. Hardy to Zone 3(2?). ADD PHOTOS OF FLOWERS AND DESCRIPTIONS!

USES: as an ornamental shrub, the long thin stems are very useful for fine basketry.

Distribution of S. amygdaloides

Map used by permission of Dr John Kartesz & BONAP





Present in County

Present in State

Present but rare

S. amygdaloides on a sand-bar in Lake Champlain, South Hero VT

Peachleaf Willow thriving in the nursery after being coppiced, shown in August.

The elegant foliage of the Peachleaf Willow shown growing in the nursery...

The same tree in June and late March, on the edge of Lake Champlain, West Swanton VT.

While photographing the Peach-leaf Willow beside Lake Champlain, a pair of Osprey were fishing overhead. I just couldn't resist!




The Wonderful World of Willows

Vermont Willow Nursery

$12.50 per bundle of 5


Twiggy branches of the wild tree

lower right.

Flower bud forms in October.

We have female plants, so we're hoping for a male!

Peach-leaf willow growing in Lake Champlain, VT with vigorous new growth appearing at the base of the tree! June.

The two-year old stems turn tan-green.

Shown in October

First year stems are green with a waxy cover that gradually peels off. October

Leaves are smooth shiny green on top, bluish green underneath and turn brilliant yellow in Autumn!

All three photos shot in late October!