photo by Andrew McKinlay CC BY-NC


Wolf-willow is a small shrub (under 7 ft) with silver oval leaves and small yellow flowers with a distinctive musky-sweet scent when they flower in May/June. It grows in moister grassland areas, particularly on land that has been overgrazed, and is slow to lose its leaves in autumn.

Could it be? Wolf-willow isn't a willow at all but belongs to the Oleaster (wild olive) family and is related to Silver Buffaloberry. Silver Buffaloberry, however, has thorns and red berries.

Did you know? Indigenous peoples of North America used the large, yellow-striped seeds to make necklaces and the fibrous bark can be twisted to make rope.