Willow Trees

CresphontesAugust 14, 2014

Hi,
I was wondering if anybody here new what the best willow tree species attracts the most variety of caterpillars for the West coast. I specifically want to attract Mourning cloaks and Western tiger swallowtails.

Thanks, Nicholas

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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Hi, last year I was looking for the same thing but was unable to find a specimen that would stay small enough. I know the swallowtail like the prunus family as well so I decided to forgo the willow and put the cherry in for them.

I look forward to seeing responses to this thread.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 7:23AM
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dr.liz(7 NJ)

Can't help Nicholas, I'm afraid. But as for SouthCountryGuy, i'm wondering whether it would be possible for you to grow willows by coppicing-basically, cutting off a tree to induce a lot of shoot growth. That keeps all the growth at a low level where you can see it and use it, and makes a large tree manageable in a small space. There was just an article published in the NABA magazine, Butterfly Gardener, which mentioned the technique as a way to grow a large tree in a smaller urban garden.
Liz

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 12:24AM
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