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Black Willow Tree

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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 (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.