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.
Looks like: yellow willow - shining willow - Goodding's willow - sandbar willow
Additional Range Information: Salix lemmonii is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. Download the full-size PDF map.
External Links: USDAFS FEIS Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2019 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range map source information