Sitka Willow - Salix sitchensis
A small tree or shrub, unlike most willows Sitka Willow has brittle twigs. It is a Pacific coast species, growing north to southwest Alaska and is also present in the northern Rockies. The leaf is elliptical, without teeth, and commonly has rolled-under edges. Leaves are shiny above and silvery beneath. The catkins are short, and the male flowers have one stamen; they open in March or April. This willow may grow in wet habitats as diverse as beaches and mountain slopes. Willows provide good forage for birds and mammals as well as nesting opportunities.