Salix nigra

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Salix nigra
  • COMMON NAME: Black Willow
  • FAMILY: Salicaceae
  • NATIVITY: New Brunswick to Minnesota south to Florida
  • GROWTH HABIT: 60-80’
  • OPTIMUM GROWING CONDITIONS:  Usually found along stream banks and in saturated soils in full su.
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS: Facultative Wetland
  • LANDSCAPE VALUE:  Grows well in wet areas and saturated soils.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, simple, much like Salix abla but stems are somewhat more erect; more of a golden orange color.
  • BUDS:  Pointed, small, reddish-brown, pressed to stem.
  • BARK:  Dark brown or blackish in color and furrowed in older specimens.
  • FRUIT:  Capsules that open to hairy tufts.
  • PESTS:  Leaf miner, leaf blight
University of Delaware

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