Shrub or small tree with many stems, broad, rounded crown, and leaves nearly half as wide as long.
Other Uses: Y
Soil: Nitrogen-medium, very moist to wet
Usually found at: Beach ridges, sand dunes, coastal meadows, and edges of streams and salt marshes; bordering coniferous forests.
Pollinators & wildlife: Bees (native, bumble, honey).
Ornamental: Small to large tree-like shrub.
Leaves: Alternate, simple, broadly egg-shaped leaves.
Flowers: Lacking sepals and petals, borne in catkins which flower as leaves emerge or before them, the catkins stout, unstalked; floral bracts dark, hairs straight or wavy.
Berries: Capsules which split open to release the seeds, each of which is surrounded by a tuft of hairs; stalks 0.5-2 mm long