White Willow
Leaf Characteristics
  • broad, flat leaves
  • simple leaves
  • not lobed
  • fine, double teeth
  • all teeth same size
  • shorter stem
  • all side veins same length
  • leaves long and narrow
  • fine, silky hair both surfaces
White Willow
Fruit Characteristics
  • other fruit (not cone, winged, acorn, or in pod or capsule)
  • in a small capsule
  • capsule with floss
  • capsule without disk at base
White Willow
Salix alba

The bark of this tree is furrowed, and gray to brown in color. The branches are olive-green. The yellow to brown twigs often droop slightly, but not enough to confuse the aspect of this tree with that of the Weeping Willow. In the early 1960s, the largest specimen of this species known in Ohio, in Ashtabula County, was 60 feet tall and a remarkable 8 feet in diameter. This tree grows well in wet soils along stream banks and in valleys. The White Willow was introduced into the eastern part of this country from Europe during Colonial times. Today, it is widely distributed in Ohio. People use the wood of this tree for fence posts and fuel. Also, the tree is planted for its shade and as an ornamental.

Tree Size height 50' - 80' diameter 1' - 3' Bark Flower