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Willow

Black Willow
Black Willow, Polk County

Willow, Salix spp.

Iowa has six native willow species — Missouri, Pussy, Shiny, Peach Leaf, Black, and Sandbar. 

Willow leaves are all similar – alternate and simple, long and thin. I look for leaves because their silhouettes are all varied — bushes, sticks growing out of a sand bar, large trees – both weeping and upright (see photos). 

Willows are great pollen sources in early spring.

willow leaves
Willow leaves, Polk County
willow leaf
Willow leaf, Madison County
willow tree upright
Willow, Polk County
willow in sand bar
Sandbar Willow, Polk County
Black Willow Leaves, flowers/fruit visible as fuzzy lengths among the leaves
Black Willow Leaves, Polk County