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An erect-habited shrub 2 to 9 (sometimes more) ft high; the young shoots downy or felted, but not warty. Leaves roundish, oval or obovate, 1⁄2 to 11⁄2 in. long, pointed or bluntish at the apex, coarsely toothed, more or less downy on both sides, often thickly so; pale or greyish beneath; chief veins in five or six pairs, the smaller ones in between them finely netted; leaf-stalk 1⁄8 in. or less long. Fruiting catkins 1⁄2 to 1 in. long, middle lobe of scales longer than the side ones.
Native of eastern N. America, where it inhabits boggy places from Labrador to Ohio. It is only likely to be confused in gardens with B. humilis and B. fruticosa, both of which have warted, glandular branchlets. It has little merit in the garden.