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Willow bustic is a medium-sized tree or shrub. It can grow to a height of 60 feet. Although, it is typically much shorter and often with a thick trunk. Additionally, it has upright branches forming an open columnar crown. Moreover, it has brownish gray bark, somewhat smooth but with many furrows. It becomes rough and flaky, with pinkish inner bark. Leaves are spirally arranged, green and slightly shiny above, paler beneath, willow-like as the species name suggests, 2 1/2 – 4 x 3/4 – 1 1/4 inches. Flowers are borne on the stem ends in clusters of 5 – 12, blooms wich are aromatic, small, less the 1/8 inch, cream colored and attract butterflies and bees.
Furthermore, the fruit is a small berry about 3/16 inch in diameter, green maturing to a dark brown, with 1 – 3 seeds, which birds eat. Seeds are used for propagation. The trunk is sometimes tapped for gum. The wood is used for heavy construction such as in bridges and as utility poles. Willow bustic will grow well in sandy or limestone soils with good drainage. It is noted for its showy flowers and fruits, aromatic fragrance and handsome foliage. In landscaping it has applications as a specimen tree in a yard or park and as a component of a natural plant garden
other names: white bully or willow bustic