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  1. pussy willow, Salix discolor(noun)

    small willow of eastern North America having greyish leaves and silky catkins that come before the leaves

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  1. Salix discolor

    Salix discolor is a species of willow native to North America, one of two species commonly called pussy willow. It is native to the northern forests and wetlands of Canada, and is also found in the northern portions of the contiguous United States. It is a weak-wooded deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 6 m tall, with brown shoots. The leaves are oval, 3–14 cm long and 1-3.5 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; the male catkins mature yellow at pollen release. The fruit is a small capsule 7–12 mm long containing numerous minute seeds embedded in cottony down.

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