Pacific Willow -c’apac - (Salix lasiandra)
The pacific willow is one of the regions tallest willows, standing as high as 40 feet tall, and full bodied with its pointy green leaves, reddish-brown branches, and catkins which flower into white cotton. The pacific willow can benefit wetland region ecosystems, as the leaves serve as food for deer and elk, it provides shelter for birds and small mammals, additionally its generous size provides shade for rivers cooling their temperatures improving salmon habitat. Native Americans have used the pacific willows bark for medicinal uses, as it contains Salicylic acid which acts as an anti-inflammatory to the human body.
*Prefers full sun
*Prefers moist soil
*Ranges from 15 to 40 feet tall
*Suitable surrounding a body of water such as lakeshores, floodplains, stream banks, swampy areas, and slopes
*Sold as Live Stakes
*Sold in bundles of 5.
c’apac *Lushootseed provided by the Puyallup Tribal Language Program and audio by Chris Briden, Puyallup Tribal member.