Family: Salicaceae or Willow (Poplar)
Leaves: Simple, pale or bluish beneath; finely serrate margin; lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate; 2" to 5" long, 3/4" to 1" wide; deciduous; more abruptly pointed than black willow; petiole short.
Twigs/buds: Twigs slender to stout; often brittle; yellow or brownish. No terminal bud; lateral buds red-brown, small, covered by a single cap-like scale.
Flowers/fruit: Fruit a capsule; about 1/4" long; short-stalked; many capsules attached to a stalk several inches long; seeds very small, hairy.
Bark: Brown-red; fairly thick; intertwining ridges.
Wood: Unimportant; see black willow for general characteristics.
General: Native throughout much of the northern U.S. and southern Canada, including northern Utah. Generally shrubby or a small tree. Like all willows, likes wet areas very near streams or lakes. Very shade intolerant.
Landscape Use: Rarely if ever planted in landscapes and no cultivars are available. Only recommended for sites well-suited for willows and where native plants are a high priority. Zones 2-8.
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