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Bebb Willow
Salix bebbiana

a.k.a. Bebb's Willow

A small, thicket-forming, deciduous tree or shrub, 10-25' tall, that has a broad, rounded crown. It has an attractive, deep-green foliage and is well-suited for erosion control, wetland and meadow restoration and rehabilitation, vegetated swales and upland buffers for naturalized areas. Use this species as a riparian buffer to reduce stream bank erosion and help protect aquatic environments. Beb's willow has a high wildlife value and should be considered for habitat restorations.

USDA symbol: SABE2

General Information

Plant TypeShrub
Height20 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureMedium
Bloom ColorYellow
Bebb Willow (Bebb Willow<div><em class="small">Salix bebbiana</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceVery High
General Resilience9
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceFire Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsMay to June
Larval Host ofBees, Butterflies
Specific Pollinators HostedNumerous bee species, Numerous butterfly species
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Erosion Control, Restoration, Upland Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism6
Herbivore SensitivityHigh
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Mahnomen, Marshall, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Nicollet, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Rice, Roseau, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands