Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Peachleaf Willow (Salix amygdaloides)
- Family: Willow (Salicaceae)
- Flowering: April-June.
- Field Marks: The leaves of the peachleaf willow are pale on the lower surface. Leaf-like stipules at the base of each leafstalk are lacking.
- Habitat: Low woods, along streams.
- Habit: Tree up to 60 feet tall, with a narrowly rounded crown.
- Bark: Gray-brown at maturity, becoming somewhat scaly.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, broadly lance-shaped, long-pointed at the tip, rounded or tapering to the base, finely toothed, pale on the lower surface, up to 5 inches long; stipules not persistent.
- Flowers: Male and female flowers borne on separate trees in elongated spikes as the leaves begin to unfold.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3 or more.
- Pistils: Ovary on a short stalk.
- Fruits: Capsules brown, flask-shaped, up to 1/6 inch long.
- Notes: Atlas of United States Trees by Little (1971) does not attribute this species to the southeastern states, although it is listed from there in the National Wetlands Inventory list.
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