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This fine willow belongs to the same group as S. pentandra, our native bay willow, and S. lucida, and is, according to Sargent, often a tree 60 ft high in western N. America, where it is native. It has the same dark green, shining leaves as its allies, the glandular teeth, the conspicuous stipules on strong shoots, the glandular leaf-stalks, yellow midrib, and the five or more stamens; but the leaf is, at first at any rate, pale or glaucous beneath and downy. In flower it is also distinguished by the scale, at the base of which the group of stamens or the ovary is attached, being toothed at the apex; it is entire in the other two. The leaves are 4 to 5 (sometimes 6 to 7) in. long, 1⁄2 to 1 (sometimes 11⁄2 in. wide.