Lemmon's willow Salicaceae Salix lemmonii
Leaf:Alternate, simple, elliptical to lanceolate, 2 to 4 inches long, margins smooth to inconspicuously serrate, shiny green above, paler below.
Flower:Species is dioecious; 1/2 to 1 1/2 inch long catkins, yellowish white, appearing in spring with or just before the leaves.
Fruit:Small (1/4 inch), long-pointed, hairy capsules in oblong clusters; each capsule contains numerous small fuzzy seeds.
Twig:Slender, yellow-green to red, buds with a single cap-like scale; often brittle at the base.
Bark:Smooth and gray.
Form:A large deciduous shrub with numerous slender stems; commonly grows to 3-15 feet tall.