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Salix bonplandiana - Kunth

Common Name Sauce, Bonpland willow
Family Salicaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet soils along streams mostly in mountains, also in deserts; with oaks, pinyons, and junipers.
Range Origin:Mesoamerica. Native to Mexico. Widely distributed from the southwestern United States (California, Utah, Arizona), reaching Guatemala through most of the Mexican territory.
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Weed Potential No
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Tender Moist Soil Wet Soil Full sun
Salix bonplandiana Sauce, Bonpland willow


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Salix bonplandiana is an evergreen Tree growing to 10 m (32ft) by 6 m (19ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. The flowers are pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Pleiarina bonplandiana (Kunth) N.Chao & G.T.Gong. Salix bonplandiana var. bonplandiana. Salix bonplandiana var. toumeyi (Britton) C.K.Schneid. Salix toumeyi Britton.This species contains the following infraspecific taxa. Salix bonplandiana var. pallida (Kunth) Andersson.

Habitats

Edible Uses

None Known

Medicinal Uses

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None Known

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Other Uses

A species with potential for the restoration of eroded riparian zones It has been used in areas subject to degradation due to wind or water erosion. It has been planted for restoration purposes in Xochimilco, Tláhuac (Mixquic) and in Durango, Mexico. Agroforestry system. Widely used in the Agrosystem known as "chinampa" (small, stationary, artificial island built on a freshwater lake for agricultural purposes). It is planted as a windbreak to protect crops from wind, hail and storms and to retain soil and moisture. Ornamental tree in streets and avenues. Carbon Farming Solutions - Other Systems: chinampas.

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

Cultivation details

Management: Coppice  Other Systems: Chinampas  Regional Crop

Climate: tropical highlands. Humidity: aquatic. A low tolerance to shade. Tolerant of acid soils, excessively humid. Ideal to grow in the margins of rivers. Becomes evergreen southward in Mexico. Carbon Farming Solutions - Cultivation: regional crop. Management: coppice (Describes the non-destructive management systems that are used in cultivation) [1-1].

Carbon Farming

  • Management: Coppice  Cut to the ground repeatedly - resprouting vigorously. Non-destructive management systems maintaining the soil organic carbon.
  • Other Systems: Chinampas  Aquaforestry. Long, narrow raised beds built in swamps.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.

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Propagation

Asexual reproduction - hardwood cuttings, up to 1.5 m long and plant early spring so that they take root quickly. Seed (seedlings). Seedlings to maintain high humidity until the seedlings have been established

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Ahuejote, sauce, Ahujote, huejote, Aguejote, Ahuejote, Willow, Bonpland willow

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

United States; Mexico; Guatemala. Native to southern and southwest Mexico and extending into central Guatemala. Also found in South-western N. America - Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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