Goodding's willow Salicaceae Salix gooddingii C.R. Ball Listen to the Latin symbol: SAGO Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, pinnately veined, lanceolate in shape, 2 to 5 inches long, with a finely serrate margin, glands on petiole. Leaves are dark and shiny above, light green below.
Flower: Species is dioecious; flowers are tiny, green, borne on catkins, 1 to 3 inches long, present late spring to early summer.
Fruit: Cone-shaped capsules that contain many small, cottony seeds; borne on catkins. Capsules split on maturity, mid summer.
Twig: Slender, gray-brown in color, with a bitter aspirin taste; buds are small and appressed, bud scales not fused into one cap-like scale and a line will be present on the bud where the scales meet.
Bark: Gray-brown to gray-black, with thick, somewhat scaly ridges and deep furrows.
Form: A small to medium sized tree (up to 70 feet tall) that can develop a massive trunk with a spreading, irregular crown.

Looks like: arroyo willow - sandbar willow - white willow - black willow
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Additional Range Information:
Salix gooddingii is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Goodding's willow.
External Links:
USDAFS Additional Silvics
USDA Plants Database
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