Missouri Willow - Salix eriocephala
One of the taller willows (to 50 feet but usually smaller) this willow grows as far north as Newfoundland and south to Mississippi. It is found in moist environments, alongside rivers and in rocky soils alike, often in pure stands, but sometimes with other willow species. This willow can be important in soil stabilization. The crown is narrow, and the bark scaly. The leaves are lance-shaped and up to 6 inches in length; the lower surface is pale and the upper dark green. The catkins open before the leaves, and are densely silky. The male flowers have 2 stamens.