Plant ID forum: Possible Purple or White Willow?

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Chicago, Illinois
rhino57
Dec 18, 2016 10:44 AM CST
Found in Chicago region. Photo taken in October

Not sure exactly what type of willow sapling. Growing only about 4-5 feet high.

Thoughts on what type:

Salix fragilis
Salix alba
Salix amygdaloides
Salix pupurea




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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Dec 18, 2016 8:27 PM CST
S. fragilis, S. alba and S. purpurea have glands (little bumps) at the base of the leaf blade. I can't see any of that, but perhaps you will with the original photo? S. purpurea has opposite or near opposite leaf arrangement, so not that.

It could be amygdaloides, but it's difficult to pin down with limited info.

Chicago, Illinois
rhino57
Dec 21, 2016 6:29 AM CST
It couldn't possibly be Amsonia tabernaemontana (Willow-Leaf Amsonia)? Could it?

Thanks!
Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 21, 2016 7:11 AM CST
rhino57 said:It couldn't possibly be Amsonia tabernaemontana (Willow-Leaf Amsonia)? Could it?

Thanks!


No, it has green stems.

Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Dec 21, 2016 8:32 AM CST
More importantly, Amsonia are herbaceous and would never have overwintering stem buds. In fact, since they don't branch above ground (except to flower), they never even have visible stem buds!

Good to think outside the box, though. Smiling
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lauribob
Dec 22, 2016 12:41 PM CST
Could it be dogbane?
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