Black Willow (Salix nigra)

[ Trees > Hardwoods . . . ]      Forest Type: Northern Riverine, Baldcypress Swamp


Tree-sized, naturally occurring willow with narrow, finely toothed leaves 3-6 inches long, tapering to a curved point, not substantially paler on undersides.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Found along streams, rivers, and lakes; eastern North America.

Stature: Up to 100+ feet high but usually 30-70 feet high; trunk to 2+ feet in diameter, often split into 2-4 main trunks; with an open, spreading crown.

Leaves: 3-6 inches long; narrow, tapering to a sharp, curved point; edges finely toothed; thin; bright green above; not or only slightly paler below; stems 1/4 to 1/2 inch long.

Bark: Brown to nearly black; furrowed when mature.

Fruit: Tiny seeds produced on catkins 1-3 inches long.

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Salix nigra

Salix nigra

Salix nigra

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