Sandbar Willow (Salix interior)

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Shrub-like tree growing in thickets near water; leaves very thin, 2-6 inches long, with small, widely spaced teeth and very short (under 1/4 inch long) stems.

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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Salix interior

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