Salix planifolia (Tea-leaf Willow) staminate catkins. These are sweetly scented and visited by many species of small beetles and wasps. Salix planifolia is among the first plants to bloom here in the spring. The other is Tag Alder (Alnus rugosa). In Minnesota, Salix planifolia grows in sedge meadows, willow thickets, alder swamps, and tamarack swamps where the soil is saturated to the surface. It also grows along the banks of small streams with its branches in the water.
''Salix planifolia'' is a species of willow known by the common names planeleaf willow, diamondleaf willow, and tea-leafed willow. It is native to northern and western North America, including most of Canada and the western United States. It grows in many types of arctic and alpine habitats in the north, and mountainous areas in the southern part of its range.