Audubon Native Prairie Willow and native birds
Native Prairie Willow branch with catkins
Native Regions map for Prairie Willow
Downy Woodpecker
White Breasted Nuthatch
Pine Warbler
Tufted Titmouse
Audubon Native Prairie Willow and native birds
Native Prairie Willow branch with catkins
Native Regions map for Prairie Willow
Downy Woodpecker
White Breasted Nuthatch
Pine Warbler
Tufted Titmouse

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Mature Height: 6-12' tall
  • Mature Width: 4-8' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 4-8' apart



  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Audubon® Prairie Willow Treeling

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Salix humilis

Regular price $119.00
Shipping included
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Why the Audubon® Prairie Willow Treeling?

Near just about every stream, lake, pond, river, or wetland in America are willows. These moisture-loving trees and shrubs provide some of the greatest benefits to wildlife offered by any plant. They host literally hundreds of species of caterpillars, which serve as high-quality food for countless birds. Of course, if you’re a bird lover and you have a water feature on your property, you’ll want to have some willows. But what if you don’t have a soggy site? Prairie Willow to the rescue! Plant this tough species in any average soil and it will thrive, providing all of the benefits of its water-loving sisters.

Prairie Willow is not relegated to the prairies. It is found all over the eastern United States, from North Dakota to Maine and from East Texas to Florida. It is more common in the North. This unusual Willow species can be found on moist sites, but it is equally likely to call a dry, sandy or gravelly place home. In these dry sites, it usually stays less than four feet tall; on wetter ones, it can become eight or even 12 feet tall. Prairie Willow forms a thicket, which provides nesting habitat that’s attractive to goldfinches, catbirds, mockingbirds, and warblers.

How to use in the landscape?

In the earliest days of spring, Willows (and Pussy Willows) erupt into bloom—their flowers are fuzzy gray catkins that often turn yellow as the blooms develop. Male and female flowers are produced on separate plants, the males providing pollen to early-foraging bees and the females offering nectar. Prairie Willow gives valuable sustenance to native cuckoo bees, sweat bees, and mining bees when not much else is blooming.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 3-8

    Mature Height: 6-12' tall

    Mature Width: 4-8' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun

    Spacing: 4-8' apart

How To Plant

Prairie Willow is an easygoing, undemanding Accent that’s wonderful for mixed borders, native plant gardens, or any place where you want something green and low-maintenance. You can plant it by a pond or water feature, or in a drier spot. If you choose a dry location, just be sure to irrigate regularly during the first summer while it is putting down roots. This plant prefers full sun, but will tolerate a bit of shade. Little pruning will be necessary, but if you do prune late in the year, don’t destroy the clippings. Some lovely butterflies overwinter as caterpillars in rolled-up Willow leaves.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

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