Salicaceae (Willow Family)
General - low to medium sized shrub to 3 m tall; twigs yellowish-brown to dark brown, gray-pubescent; branchlets strongly ascending, brown, gray-pubescent.
Leaves - alternate; dark green and glabrous above, glaucous and short-pubescent below with conspicuous yellow veins, oblanceolate to obovate, acute, 4-8 cm long and 1-2.5 cm wide, margins coarsely and irregularly toothed or almost entire.
Flowers - borne on catkins 1-3 cm long, dark brown or purplish; male and female catkins on separate plants; appearing before the leaves in late May to early June.
Fruit - long, egg-shaped capsules 6-9 mm long on the female catkins, finely grey-hairy; maturing in June.
Throughout southern regions of NW Ontario's boreal forest, primarily in evergreen dominated stands with dry/fresh, sandy and coarse loamy soils; also along forest edges, disturbed ground and roadsides.
Refer to Pussy Willow for additional notes.
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