Salix discolor

Common Names: American pussy willow, glaucous willow
Category: Trees
Sub-category: Willow

It is a weak-wooded deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 6 m (20 ft) tall, with brown shoots. The leaves are oval, 3 to 14 cm long and 1 to 3.5 cm broad, green above and downy grey-white beneath. The flowers are soft silky silvery catkins, borne in early spring before the new leaves appear, with the male and female catkins on different plants (dioecious); the male catkins mature yellow at pollen release. The fruit is a small capsule 7 to 12 mm long containing numerous minute seeds embedded in cottony down.

Edible Notes: Like other willows, it contains salicin, and was used by Native Americans as a painkiller (Aspirin).
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.