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Salix gooddingii is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, where it grows in moist and wet habitat in many types of habitat from mountains to desert. It is a common riparian species. It is a tree growing to 3 to 30 m (9.8 to 98.4 ft) tall, with thick, furrowed, shreddy bark and many thin branches. The leaves are up to 13 cm long, generally lance-shaped, and finely serrated along the edges. The young leaves are coated in hairs. The inflorescence is a catkin of flowers up to 8 cm long.
- S. gooddingii was first described and published in Botanical Gazette; Paper of Botanical Notes, 40(5): 376 (-377; t. 12, figs. 1-2). 1905. Crawfordsville, Indiana and Chicago, Illinois. "Plant Name Details for Salix gooddingii". IPNI. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
originally written as "gooddingi"; Distribution: Nevada; Collector: L. N. Goodding; Locality: Muddy Creek: ditchy banks (Muddy Creek is a tributary of the Virgin River, which flows into the Colorado in Lincoln County, in extreme southeastern Nevada); Collection Date: 1902-5-2
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