Dioecious shrubs, 0.1-3(-4.5) m tall, not colonial; branches erect, flexible at base; twigs brownish, smooth or densely hairy.
Alternate, simple, narrowly elliptic to egg-shaped, 2-7.5 cm long, 0.8-2.6 cm wide, lower surface glaucous, smooth or midrib sparsely long soft-hairy, hairs white and rust-coloured, upper surface shiny or highly glossy, smooth, margins entire or sometimes toothed, bases and tips pointed; leaf stalks without glandular dots at top; stipules leaflike, linear, often longer than the stalks, persistent 2-4 years.
Unisexual, lacking sepals and petals, borne in catkins which flower before leaves emerge, the catkins stout, unstalked; floral bracts dark, hairs straight; stamens 2; ovaries 1, hairy; styles 1-1.8 mm long.
Capsules which split open to release the seeds, each of which is surrounded by a tuft of hairs; stalks 0.2-0.8 mm long.
This species may hybridize with S. planifolia where their ranges overlap in N BC.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present over the Spring
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Salix arbusculoides var. glabra (Andersson) Andersson ex C.K. Schneid.
Salix barclayi var. hebecarpa Andersson
Salix fulcrata var. subglauca Andersson
Salix phylicifolia subsp. pulchra (Cham.) Hultén
Salix phylicifolia var. subglauca (Andersson) B. Boivin
Salix phylicoides Andersson
Salix planifolia subsp. pulchra (Cham.) Argus
Salix planifolia var. pulchra
Salix planifolia var. yukonensis (C.K. Schneid.) Argus
Salix pulchra var. looffiae C.R. Ball
Salix pulchra var. palmeri C.R. Ball
Salix pulchra var. yukonensis C.K. Schneid.