dune willow Salicaceae Salix
hookeriana Barratt ex Hook. symbol: SAHO
Leaf: Alternate, simple, oval or obovate to somewhat lanceolate, 4-5 inches long, margins entire, dark green and somewhat shiny above, white and hairy beneath, somewhat leathery; petioles hairy.
Flower: Species is dioecious; to 4 inch fuzzy catkins, yellowish white, appearing in spring with or before the leaves.
Fruit: Small (1/4 inch), long-pointed, hairy capsules in oblong clusters; each capsule contains numerous small fuzzy seeds.
Twig: Slender, greenish brown to reddish brown, may or may not have be gray-tomentose; gray pointed buds are appressed and have a single cap-like scale; often with persistent stipules at the nodes.
Bark: Gray-green with numerous reddish lenticels.
Form: A large shrub or small tree to 25 feet, may form dense thickets.
Additional Range Information: Salix hookeriana is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting dune willow.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson