Salix alba L.
Family: Salicaceae
white willow
Salix alba image
Marion Sheehan  
Etymology: Salix: Latin name for the willow and meaning "to leap or spring" in reference to its fast growth
Plants: perennial tree to 80'; widely spreading crown; yellowish-brown twigs; grayish-brown, irregularly furrowed bark
Leaves: lance-like to narrowly oval, 2"-4" long, underside whitened, edges finely toothed, stalks with distinct glands near the blade
Flowers: 1 1/2"-2" long erect catkins
Habitat: moist; lakeshores, streambanks
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized