A shrub or small tree growing to 20 ft. with a short trunk and a rounded crown of drooping branches.
BUDS: "Pregnant" terminal bud; opposite lateral buds are narrow and often slightly curved with two rusty-grey scales; the larger flower buds are completely covered by the two scales.
TWIGS: Smooth and slender; flexible; light green colored; crescent shaped leaf scars.
BARK: Irregularly furrowed into scaly plates; reddish brown or gray.
HABITAT: Moist soils of valleys, banks of streams, swamp borders, and uplands; at forest edges.
Wood not commercially used because it smells like wet goat.