A shrub of dense, very leafy habit, bushy, up to 8 or 12 ft high, half as much more in diameter, rarely a small tree; young shoots clothed with a fine grey felt at first, becoming glabrous later; buds yellowish. Leaves linear, tapered at both ends, 2 to 5 in. long, 1⁄8 to 7⁄8 in. wide, made narrower by the decurved margins, dark green and glabrous above, covered with a blue-white felt beneath. Catkins erect, slender; females 1 to 11⁄2 in. long, males shorter, appearing with the young leaves in April and May. Stamens two, connate for up to one-half their length.
Height: 8-12 feet
Spread: 4-6 Feet