Peach-leafed willow (Salix amygdaloides)

Peach-leafed willow leaves

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Form

Small to medium tree with weeping branches with one or multiple trunks. The peachleaf willow can attain a height of 60" to 70' and 24" in diameter.

Bark

Gray, with deep, broad furrows and narrow, interlacing ridges.

Leaf

5 1/2" long, 1/2"-1 1/2" wide; Simple, alternate on stem; long, pointed, lance-shaped leaves with finely toothed margins that are whitish underneath and borne on long, slender, somewhat twisted stems; lower surface pale green or pale blue-green.

Fruit (seed)

Capsules containing numerous seeds grouped in dense, elongated clusters known as "catkins." Cutting may be propagated more easily than with seeds. Seeds are minute, maturing in late spring or early summer.

Range

Native, sourthern and western Minnesota; hardy throughout

Wood uses

Light brown, soft, weak, flexible, coarse-grained; thin, whitish sapwood; used for fuel, erosion control, ornamental plantings, windbreaks, baseball bats, and charcoal; large, good trees with straight grain are used in the manufacture of artificial limbs.