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Latin Name- Black Willow/Salix nigra Hardy Planting Zones- Zones 2-8 Mature Height- 30-60 feet Mature Width- 15-25 feet Sun or Shade- Full Sun

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Black Willow Tree- Ships In Size 1-3 Feet in Height

The Black Willow Tree is a deciduous tree which means “to fall off at maturity” with the natural process of shedding ripe fruit, shedding petals, and shedding leaves. It was the most abundant species of willow in North America and considered to be a medium-sized tree. Growing 35 to 100 feet tall and some species growing up to 148 feet with a trunk 20 to 30 inches in diameter. This tree is perfect for landscaping as a centerpiece or accented on the edge of the property. The bark is blackish to dark brown with thin shoots varying in colors from brown, green, purple, and yellow.


The leaves are long and thin; growing between 2 to 6 inches long and 1/4 to 3/4 inches wide with a slight green underside or shiny dark green on both sides. The buds are 1/16 to 3/16 long with a reddish-brown single pointed bud. The tree adds beauty to any landscape and provides a well-shaded area to place a picnic table for family gatherings. The leaves will turn a lemon yellow during the fall and naturally attract a wide variety of birds. The Black Willow Tree gets its origins from swamps and along streams where the fruit capsules are 3/16 inches, and it splits open to release down-covered seeds when mature; providing essential nutrients for small wildlife.


It can be used as a way to restore the environment because swamp trees are good at surviving in situations where high levels of toxins are present. They’re also resistant to flooding, herbivory, and can be used as an erosion tool in any restorative efforts as long as the roots don’t penetrate a clay base of soil. The trees are durable and can withstand a multitude of weather condition's while adding an aesthetic appeal to your landscape. The trees are shipped to your house in bare root form to ensure quality condition upon arrival.

The Black Willow (Salix nigra) is a delicate-looking tree native to the eastern half of the United States. In their native environment, they are most commonly seen growing along the sides of rivers. Their leaves are very elongated and taper elegantly. The twigs are slender and will sway gently in the wind, giving this willow its graceful appearance. The leaves are a vibrant green color for most of the year but will turn greenish-yellow in the fall right before they drop. The bark ranges from a brown to a grayish-black color, from which it gets its common name. The Black Willow has an extensive and shallow root system and is thus often used as a soil-binder since its fibrous roots can prevent soil from eroding or being washed away. Very rarely will two Black Willows look alike, since they vary so widely in shape and size. Some Black Willows will mature into thin and tall trees, while others remain shrubs. Black Willows are fast-growing trees. The Black Willow plays a significant role in its native ecosystem. Since it flowers earlier than most other trees in its native range, the Black Willow is a vital source of nectar and pollen for wintering honey bees. The trees are host to a variety of native butterflies. Black Willows prefer cool climates but will grow well. Since they naturally prefer to root themselves near streams, the soil of a Black Willow should ideally be kept wet, though it will tolerate dry spells. The tree grows best in areas where the annual rainfall is 51 inches.