white willow Salicaceae Salix alba L. Listen to the Latin   symbol: SAAL2
Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, lanceolate to narrow ovate, 2 to 4 inches long, finely serrated, shiny green above, nearly white and silky below.
Flower: Species is dioecious; males and females appear as upright, yellowish, fuzzy catkins, 1 1/2 to 2 inches long, appearing before or with the leaves.

Fruit: A 1 to 2 inch long cluster of valve-like, light brown capsules, containing many fine, cottony seeds, ripen in late spring to early summer.

Twig: Very slender, smooth or slightly downy, yellowish brown (golden), flexible; buds are small, appressed and covered by a single, cap-like scale. Terminal buds lacking.

Bark: Grayish brown and irregularly furrowed, into rough narrow ridges.

Form: An upright tree capable of reaching 80 feet tall, with a wide spreading crown. Trunk often splits low to the ground.
 
Looks like: black willow - Goodding's willow - arroyo willow - weeping willow
USDA Plants Database
Salix alba is planted in the highlighted USDA hardiness zones to the left and may seed into the landscape. See a map of the states in which white willow has escaped (opens a new window).

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