Shrub or small tree to 6 m (20 ft) tall, often with several trunks. Twigs reddish- to grayish-brown, thin, brittle. Leaves green above, pale- or white-glaucous below, lanceolate, 5-18 cm (2-7 in) long and 1-2 cm (0.4-3.3 in) wide, glabrous, acuminate, finely serrate, petioles hairy. Catkins 7.5-10 cm (3-4 in) long at ends of branchlets. Flowers very small, numerous, pale yellow.Capsules about 6 mm (1/4 in) long, egg-shaped, long-pointed.
Distribution: Native to southeastern U. S., mostly on the coastal plain.
Habitat: Streambanks and other wet places.
NWI status: FACW+
Comment: Salix is the old Latin name for the willows; caroliniana refers to Carolina.
Distribution in Oklahoma:
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Last update: 9/17/99
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