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catkin

an inflorescence consisting of a spike, usually hanging, of much reduced flowers of either sex: occurs in birch, hazel, etc.

catkin

[′kat·kən]
(botany)
An indeterminate type of inflorescence that resembles a scaly spike and sometimes is pendant.
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We have observed that Black Bears in southeastern Alaska frequently climb Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) trees to eat flowering catkins and seed pods in spring (Fig.
Visually, some of the catkins look extraordinarily different from the traditional pussy willows we might be all used to.
CREATE THE LOOK Combine with traditional Japanese plants such as bamboo, which provide an evergreen backdrop for the silver catkins.
In your case I would take off a few selective branches rather than trim it to shape all over and you'll only lose a few catkins.
FLOWER DESCRIPTION: Dioecious, male flowers and female flowers in pendulous catkins, male with numerous red anthers.
greater than or equal to]10% of tree canopies), were haphazardly chosen from each tree, and the following features were measured: number of short shoots bearing female catkins, mean catkin mass, seed mass, number of long shoots, number of long shoots bearing male catkins, and average length of long shoots.
One minute the garden seemed drab with winter, its dripping leaves, its frost-browned greens; the next, spiking fingers were covered with cottoncandy blossoms, new leaves were golden-green and young with spring, and the pussy willow bore more furry catkins than I had ever seen.
arizonaria--hatched after catkins have disappeared -- are greenish-gray and look like oak twigs, Greene says.
The hazel has both male and female flowers on each shrub, with the male flowers contained within the long, confident catkins, or "lambs tails", that we all know and love.
It's not just birds either - looking at all the willow sprouting and catkins starting, plus the run of yellow flowers that are popping up all over the place - daffodils in the garden as well as dandelions, buttercups, marsh marigolds and coltsfoot across the reserve.
Already we have had hazel with the long catkins, and the pussy willows with their furry buds.