- Latin Name- SALIX NIGRA USDA Climate Zone: 3 to 9 Mature Height: 60 to 90 ft Sun: Full or Partial Sun
Black Willow Seedlings – Salix Nigra
The Black Willow Seedlings is the largest tree of the willow family and grows from 30 to 100 feet in height. Its bark develops deep grooves and a shaggy texture as it ages, giving the tree eye-catching texture. The texture of the bark isn’t the only thing that changes over time – its color changes too. The bark color of new growth begins as green and gradually fades to brown, eventually as the bark matures it becomes black. The different ages in bark and the black willow’s unique texture can give it an almost marbled appearance. The Black Willow Seedlings tree features long, thin leaves that are bright green in color. These leaves can grow up to 5 inches in length. This tree’s bright leaves make for a striking combination against the dark bark of the tree. Once fall rolls around, these bright green leaves turn a bright yellow before falling off for the winter.
The Black Willow Seedlings is also dioecious and produces yellow flowers between early March and April. These flowers are produced on catkins and are one of the first foods for bees after the winter. The black willow’s branches also attract butterflies and other forms of wildlife. After the flowers have been pollinated, the black willow produces a brown fruit. In landscaping, the black willow loves wet, poorly drained soils and can tolerate a wide range of PH values. Its growing mediums of choice are clay, loam, and sandy soils. This willow is a fast-growing tree and is hardy in zones 4 -9. The black willow excels in erosion control and tolerates wet, swampy conditions. They are best planted where the soil is continually wet and are happiest around water like ponds or streams. Their fast-growing nature makes this tree an excellent source of shade near bodies of water whether you’re fishing or having a family picnic. Black Willow Seedlings are great for many landscape projects. This tree can grow in soils that are moist and poorly drained in composition. In the spring, the tree will produce yellow catkins that are striking against the green foliage. The leaves will turn a golden yellow for the fall, providing a lot of color and beauty in the area. It is excellent for providing interest in the landscape.