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twigs=yellow or orange, long, slender, waving
weeping willow  Salix babylonica

twigs=yellow-to-orange, overall shape too lumpy to be weeping willow
◼︎ black willow  Salix nigra

twigs=yellow or green, with fine silky hairs;  bark=gray or brown
◼︎ white willow  Salix alba

twigs=yellow-to-yellow-brown, buds=large, leaf scars=U-shaped;  bark=​gray or brown
peach-leaved willow  Salix amygdaloides

twigs=brown-to-black, brittle bases (easy to break);  bark=​brown-to-black
◼︎ black willow  Salix nigra

Learn more about willow genus Salix (Salix spp.)

A group of about 400 species of deciduous trees and shrubs.

Part of willow  family Salicaceae.

Native to cold and temperate regions of the 🌐︎ Northern Hemisphere, usually in areas with moist soils.   🗺 Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (color key), 🗺 map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (3 species, not identified above).   🗺 Map of moist soils (🇺🇸 USA-48) (bottom left > select).

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  In areas where these plants are native, these plants are among the wet-loving (but terrestrial ) shrubs and trees planted to protect eroding streambanks, lakeshores, floodplains, stormwater detention ponds, road slopes and landslides, using a process called live-staking.

Salix hosts caterpillars of 455 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

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