Salix purpurea, Basket Willow

Size: shrub, 8- 10' average height at maturity, 12-15' spread

Leaves: deciduous, mostly alternate, sometimes opposite at base of twig, 2-4" long, .125"-.33" wide, simple, oblanceolate, acute or acuminate tips, serrulate margins, shiny dark blue-green above, paler below

Twigs: purple, often densely pubescent, slender and tough

Flowers: dioecious, narrow, sylindrical, often curved, .5-1.25" long

Fruit: capsule