- Native to most of North America and found in every county in California
- Deciduous shrub reaching 13-23 feet in height
- Flowers are produced in catkins in late spring, after the leaves appear
- It is moisture-loving and not drought tolerant
- One of the smaller members of the genus, making it suitable for small gardens and tight spaces
- Spreads by basal shoots so it will eventually spread to occupy any wet soil that it can reach.
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