Silky Willow - Salix sericea
This beautiful perennial is a shrub and makes a perfect addition to a wet area. It's thin and purplish twigs create a beautiful color that stands out prominently in the fall. This plant requires a lot of water so it's best to place it near a water feature that will provide the water it needs. The preferred soil would be acid, average, loam, clay or sand that stays wet and moist. In May you can expect to see yellow-green blooms start popping out. This plant gets the name "silky willow" because of the hairy but silky underside of the leaves. The flowers that bloom on this plant are beautiful to bees and beloved for the nectar they provide. This plant naturalizes and created colonies through dropped seeds very quickly. They will spread and grow in numbers if not observed over a period of years. One of the reasons they are so incredibly popular with plant owners is because they require very little assistance as long as they are near a source of water. They live freely with very little help or care required. They brighten your yards in the spring when their flowers bloom and in the fall when the color of the bark shines through with its unique shade of purple. You can plan that in twenty years time the silky willow will grow to it's tallest height. This plant can also be expected to survive many different weather conditions as long as it has a consistent water source. You won't have to worry too much about its survival during winter months and summer months so long as water is always near.