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Willow Family (Salicaceae). Shining willow is a shrub or small tree to 4 m (13 feet) (McGregor et al. 1986, Stephens 1973). The twigs are gray to yellowish-brown. Leaves are yellowish green to green and semi-glossy above, pale beneath, initially reddish-pubescent, soon glabrous. Leaves are lance-shaped, 4-12 cm (1.2-4.7") long and finely glandular-serrate. The petioles are glandular above. Catkins emerge with the leaves; pistillate (female) catkins are 1-3 cm long, on leaf branchlets 1-3 cm long. Bracts are deciduous, pale yellow, and villous on the inside. The fruits are ovoid capsules 4-6.5 mm long, with a long neck. When ripe, the capsules open to release tiny wind-born seeds with silky hairs at their base. Shining willow flowers in May and fruits in June.

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