This small tree is on my list for planting early this spring. I intend to use it as a back drop in beds and to help blur the edges. I have edges in my garden — it seems like I go from flat and clear to stick straight 50 ft pines and their isn’t any natural forest edge. The abruptness is jarring and I think I need to soften it all up by blending.
Salix exigua is native to much of the western united states and I am quite familiar with it as a plant that colonizes and anchors stream banks. But in the garden I’m going to use it to add texture and a lightweight (but hopefully quickly effective) backdrop . Salix exigua is an upright tree with slender greyish green branches clothed with long, narrow, finely toothed, silky silver leaves and small pale yellow catkins.
image from wsu.edu
Willows are among my favorite trees, and this small variety will add not only the nice texture, but also the pretty bluish tinged leaves. Have you grown this tree? I am curious, are the suckers a pain to manage?