Classification, origin and diffusion
The gray willow is a plant widespread in wetlands and along rivers, where it forms intricate thickets, from the plain up to 1000 meters above sea level.
Upper page of leaves of Gray Willow (photo Paul Fontaine www.odezia-atrata.be)
Lower page of leaves of Gray Willow (photo Paul Fontaine www.odezia-atrata.be)
Size and bearing
Small tree up to 10 meters high.
Trunk and bark
The trunk is mostly branched from the base and sparse and irregular crown; the 2-4 year old branches, gray-brownish, skinned have very accentuated and protruding ribs. The young twigs are lined with a gray or brownish tomentum.
From oblanceolate to largely obovate, olive-green on the upper page, white or gray on the lower page.
Male catkins up to 4 cm long, female up to 5 cm and up to nine when mature. It blooms in March-April before the leaves are released.
It is a shrubby plant typical of the banks of waterways.