Salix rigida 'American McKay'
'American McKay' is a clone selected for use
in basket making. Naturalized
in British Columbia and widely distributed throughout
North America, this attractive willow is best
used in a garden situation by trimming off the
lateral shoots. When grown in its natural habitat
along the streamside, the beautiful shiny foliage
and branches are an attractive feature.
Description: large shrub or
small tree; 4 m (13'); deep reddish brown new
growth; prone to lateral layering; attractive
Conditions: full sun to part shade; natural
habitat is river banks and sand bars; prune for utility
Coldest zone: 2 (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)