Arroyo Willow - Salix lasiolepis
Sometimes a multi-stemmed shrub, but more often a tree up to 40 feet, this is a versatile western species that grows in sandy soils, wetlands, and gullies from sea level to 9,000 feet. The bark is pale and smooth on young trees, thick and furrowed on older specimens.The branches are upright, and the leaves are elliptic, up to 6 inches in length, bluntly pointed with fine teeth and rolled- under edges. They are thick, dark green above and pale beneath. The catkins are more than 2 inches long, and the male flowers have 2 stamens. The trees flower before the leaves open.