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This is probably the most common willow in Illinois. Without the assistance of a beaver colony, it is difficult to control and its use is not recommended for wetland restorations. While willows are often difficult to identify, the Sandbar Willow can be readily recognized by its long slender leaves with widely spaced teeth. Other similar willows have teeth that are more densely spaced along the margins of their leaves, or their leaves lack distinct teeth altogether. Sometimes the Sandbar Willow is referred to as Salix exigua.

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