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The yellow bark of Golden Willow is very unusual in appearance and interesting. There are some differences of opinion among authorities whether this tree should be considered a variety or a cultivar of Salix alba (White Willow). The typical variety (or cultivar) of White Willow differs from Golden Willow by having brown branches and twigs and leaves with white-hairy undersides. The Golden Willow should not be confused with the hybrid, Salix × sepulcralis (Golden Weeping Willow), which has strongly drooping branches. The Golden Weeping Willow is probably a hybrid between the Golden Willow and Salix babylonica (Weeping Willow). Like the Golden Willow, Golden Weeping Willow has striking yellow bark on its branches and twigs.


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers

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