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Slender Willow

Salix exigua




First Noted by Expedition
October 12, 1805, along the Snake River, Idaho.
 

Description
Thicket-forming shrub with clustered stems or rarely a tree, with very narrow leaves. Leaves 1.5-4 in (4-10 cm) long, 0.3 in (0.8 cm) wide. Catkins 1-2.5 in (2.5-6 cm) long; with hairy yellow scales. Height: 3-10 ft (1-3 m), sometimes to 20 ft (6 m). Diameter: 5 in (13 cm).
 

Habitat
Wet soils, especially riverbanks, sandbars, and silt flats.
 

Range
Central Alaska east to Ontario and New York, southwest to Mississippi, and west to southern California; also local east to Quebec and Virginia and in northern Mexico; to 8,000 ft (2,438 m).
 

Note
This hardy species has perhaps the greatest range of all tree willows.

Species information from enature.com
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