|Natural range of Salix floridana|
Salix floridana is a deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 6 m tall. The leaves are alternate, 5–15 cm long and 2–5 cm broad, with a very finely serrated margin; they are green above, and paler below with short whitish hairs.
The flowers are produced in catkins in early spring before the new leaves appear; it is dioecious, with male and female catkins on separate plants. The male catkins are 4–5.5 cm long; the female catkins are 5–7.5 cm long.
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