- Salix amygdaloides
name = "Salix amygdaloides"
status = secure
image_width = 240px
image_caption = Peachleaf Willow leaves
divisio = Magnoliophyta
classis = Magnoliopsida
genus = "Salix"
species = "S. amygdaloides"
binomial = "Salix amygdaloides"
binomial_authority = Andersson
"Salix amygdaloides" (Peachleaf Willow) is a species of
willownative to southern Canadaand the United States, from Quebecwest to eastern British Columbia, southeast to western Kentucky, and southwest to Arizonaand Nevada.Germplasm Resources Information Network: [http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?70589 "Salix amygdaloides"] ]
It is a small to medium-sized
deciduous tree, growing to 4–20 m tall; besides the cottonwoods it is the largest tree native on the prairies. It has a single trunk, or sometimes several shorter trunks. The leaves are lanceolate, 3-13 cm long and 1-4 cm wide, yellowish green with a pale, whitish underside and a finely serrated margin. The flowers are yellow catkins, 3-8 cm long, produced in the spring with the leaves. The reddish-yellow fruitmatures in late spring or early summer, the individual capsules 4-6 mm long.Plants of British Columbia: [http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/Atlas/Atlas.aspx?sciname=Salix+amygdaloides "Salix amygdaloides"] ] Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: [http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/plants/vascplnt/species/samy.htm "Salix amygdaloides"] ]
The Peachleaf Willow grows very quickly, but is short-lived. It can only spread by
seeds, whereas most other willows can propagate from roots or snapped bits of twig.
It can be found on the northern prairies, often near streams, and accompanying
cottonwoods. As both the common and scientific name suggests, the leaves bear some similarity to those of a peachor an almond(Latin, "amygdalus").
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