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General: Willow Family (Salicaceae). Salix exigua, with its long, thin leaves, is the most distinctive of the willow species. The leaves have a very short petiole, and mature blades are 50 - 124 mm long, linear, with an acuminate leaf tip and either a serrate or entire leaf edge. Coyote willow is a shrub < 7 m tall, and spreads clonally by root-sprouting. The catkin inflorescence appears with or after the leaves in the spring, and are 22-70 mm long on leafy shoots 5-110 mm long. The flower bracts are a tawny yellow color.


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USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center, New Mexico Plant Materials Center, & Idaho Plant Materials Center

Source: USDA NRCS PLANTS Database

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