Sitka willow

  • Latin name: Salix sitchensis Sanson
  • French name: Saule de Sitka
  • Taxonomic Serial Number: 22584
Description

Leaves

  • Leaf - Sitka willow

Form

  • Widest above the middle
  • Tip blunt-pointed, base narrow, tapering
  • A few short hairs on the upper surface
  • A sheen on the lower surface from silky hairs
  • Stipules small

Length

  • 4–9 cm
  • Stipules about 1 mm

Colour

  • Upper surface dark green
  • Lower surface paler

Margin

  • Wavy-toothed or smooth

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

  • Brittle
  • With appressed hairs

Colour

  • Dark reddish-brown

Flowers

  • Seed catkin - Sitka willow
  • Pollen catkin - Sitka willow
  • Seed flower - Sitka willow
  • Pollen flower - Sitka willow

Form

  • Catkins on short leafy shoots

Structure

  • Dioecious

Fruits

Form

  • Capsules with silky hairs

Bark

Form

  • Slightly furrowed, scaly

Colour

  • Roots reddish

Size

Height

  • To 7 m

Range

Along the Pacific Coast

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