Sandbar Willow (Salix interior)
[ Trees > Hardwoods . . . ] Forest Type: Eastern Riverine
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Found in dense thickets besides streams, rivers, and lakes, or in ditches; eastern North America, west to the feet of the Rocky Mountains.
Stature: Up to 25 feet high but usually smaller; trunk to 6 inches in diameter; with a rounded, spreading crown.
Leaves: 2-6 inches long; under 1/2 inch wide; tapering to both ends; edges finely toothed with widely spaced teeth; dark yellow-green above; notably paler below; stems very short (1/8 to 1/4 inch long).
Bark: Thin; pale grayish and smooth when young, becoming ridged and brownish to gray when mature.
Fruit: Tiny seeds produced on catkins 1-2.5 inches long.
Note: Sandbar willow is sometimes called Salix exigua or Salix exigua ssp. interior.
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Kuo, M. (2010, November). Sandbar Willow (Salix interior). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/salix_interior.html