Scouler's Willow - Salix scouleriana
A widespread western willow, Scouler's grows from New Mexico north to coastal Alaska, from coastal habitats to 10,000 feet. It is a rounded tree or shrub with distinctive leaves that are typically wider at the tip. The leaves are shiny above and hairy beneath, and sometimes rolled under at the edges. This willow is fairly common in mountainous habitats, often near streams but also a disturbance species on open land. It is more shade tolerant than most willows, widely adapted to a variety of conditions including the cold of the boreal forest.