E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Salix amygdaloides Andersson
peach-leaf willow (peachleaf willow)
Salicaceae (Willow family)

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Distribution of Salix amygdaloides
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This is a deciduous species of wetland tree.

Species Information

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Trees, 4-20 m tall, not colonial; branches erect, somewhat brittle at base; twigs yellowish to brown, smooth; bud scale margins free and overlapping.
Alternate, simple; very narrowly elliptic to lance-shaped, 5.5-13 cm long, 2.5-4 cm wide, lower surface glaucous, smooth, upper surface dull, smooth or hairy, margins toothed, bases pointed to rounded, tips tapered or long tapering to a tail-like tip; leaf stalks with or without glandular dots at top, stipules rudimentary or leaflike on vigorous shoots.
Unisexual, lacking sepals and petals; borne in catkins which flower as leaves emerge, the catkins slender, on leafy twigs; floral bracts pale, hairs wavy, female bracts deciduous; stamens 3-7; ovaries 1, smooth; styles 0.2-0.4 mm long.
Capsules which split open to release the seeds, each of which is surrounded by a tuft of hairs; stalks 1.4-3.2 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Late Spring
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic floodplains and lakeshores in the steppe zone; rare in SC BC; E to PQ and S to PA, IN, MO, TX, NM, AZ, NV and OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Salix amygdaloides

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 390 1062 2040
Slope Gradient (%) 0 5 38
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
26 84 320
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 5 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BWBS(1), ESSF(4), ICH(1), IDF(1), PP(2), SBS(5)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Salix amygdaloides var. wrightii (Anderss.) Schneid.
Salix nigra var. amygdaloides (Anderss.) Anderss.
Salix nigra var. wrightii (Anderss.) Anderss.
Salix wrightii Anderss.

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