Littletree willow

  • Latin name: Salix arbusculoides Andersson
  • French name: Saule arbustif
  • Taxonomic Serial Number: 504943
Description

Leaves

  • Leaf - littletree willow

Form

  • Elliptic, narrow, pointed at both ends
  • Lower surface covered with silky hairs
  • Veins straight, parallel, closely spaced
  • Stipules small, deciduous

Length

  • 6–7 cm

Colour

  • Upper surface shiny dark green
  • Hairs white

Margin

  • Teeth small, gland-tipped

Buds

Form

  • Pointed, pressed against the twig, closely spaced
  • Covered with a single scale
  • No true terminal bud; end bud originates as a lateral bud
  • Flower buds larger than leaf buds
  • Leaf scars V-shaped, with 3 vein scars
  • Stipule scars on either side

Twigs

Form

  • Shiny

Colour

  • Grey to reddish-brown

Flowers

  • Seed catkin - littletree willow
  • Pollen catkin - littletree willow
  • Seed flower - littletree willow
  • Pollen flower - littletree willow

Form

  • Catkins on very short shoots

Structure

  • Dioecious

Fruits

Form

  • Fruit capsules covered with hairs

Colour

  • Hairs white

Bark

Form

  • “Diamonds” similar to Bebb and feltleaf willow

Size

Height

  • To 9 m

Habitat

Site

  • Along river banks and on recently burned-over areas

Range

Northwestern Ontario to northern British Columbia, with a disjunct
occurrence at Lake Mistassini, Quebec

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