Hooker willow

  • Latin name: Salix hookeriana Barratt
  • French name: Saule à feuilles larges
  • Synonym(s): Coastal willow
  • Taxonomic Serial Number: 504966
Description

Leaves

  • Leaf - hooker willow

Form

  • Broadly oval, tip blunt or rounded
  • Silky hairs on lower surface, especially along the midvein
  • Stipules absent or very small

Length

  • 4–10 cm

Colour

  • Upper surface shiny yellowish-green
  • Lower surface bluish-green

Margin

  • Wavy-toothed or smooth, sometimes with gland-tipped teeth toward the base

Buds

Form

  • Pointed, pressed against the twig, closely spaced
  • Densely hairy
  • 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

Colour

  • Reddish-brown

Twigs

Form

  • Stout
  • Covered with woolly hairs for the first 2 or 3 years

Colour

  • Dark brown
  • Hairs grey
  • Lenticels orange

Flowers

  • Seed catkin - hooker willow
  • Pollen catkin - hooker willow
  • Seed flower - hooker willow
  • Pollen flower - hooker willow

Form

  • Catkins on hairy shoots with bract-like leaves

Structure

  • Dioecious

Floral timing

  • Before the leaves

Fruits

Form

  • Fruit capsules hairless

Bark

Form

  • Shallowly furrowed, with tight scales

Colour

  • Light reddish-brown

Size

Height

  • To 7 m

Range

Along the Pacific coast, northward to Alaska

Photos
  • Hooker willow
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