The Willow Family (Salicaceae) is the only family in Order Salicales. It
includes the Willows Salix and Poplars Populus which are trees and shrubs
with a few stunted arctic forms. The typical willow leaf is a long thin
oval-shape pointed at both ends and poplar leaves are broader. Trees usually
bear either male or female flowers but not both (dioecious). Short clusters
of flowers appear in the spring like the furry female catkins of the
familiar pussy willow Salix discolor shown here.
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