|A vigorous, fast growing, bushy, deciduous shrub or small tree, with purplish-red, thick branches. Grows to 12' tall and 15' wide. Leaves are oblong, serrated, deep green above, underside hairy and glaucous, up to 6" long. Catkins are fragrant, gray, males to 1 1/2" long with yellow anthers, females to 3" long. The shoots of this tree can be used in dried arrangements. A very striking tree, especially in winter, so give it a prominent place in the garden. Native to Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Armenia, and Afghanistan.