Silky Willow Tree

Silky Willow Tree

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Planting Zones 4-9
November Through April
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Silky Willow Tree (Salix nigra)


Silky Willow Tree: Salix nigra, which many call the silky willow tree, is part of a vast family of deciduous shrubs and trees. These species are hardy, fast-growing, and thrive in almost every USDA growing zone. The silky willow tree grows well from New England to the south and at nearly every point in between.


Like most members of the willow family, the silky willow tree prefers the moist, fertile soil around marshes, bogs, ponds, riverbanks, and on flood plains.


TN Nursery suggests the silky willow tree for customers with consistently moist sites that may struggle with water erosion. The silky willow's sturdy, sprawling roots can help retain soil in the most rugged locations.


Plan for full sun or a partially sunny location that will retain sufficient moisture when considering where to put a silky willow tree. This species makes an outstanding addition to any water garden.


The Unique Appearance of the Silky Willow Tree


The name of the silky willow tree comes from the silky hairs that grow on the slender, six-inch-long, yellow-green leaves.


The tree bark is the deepest brown tone--so rich that it appears charcoal or black. As the silky willow tree matures, its bark develops a rough-scaled texture with noticeable grooves. The branches are long, slender, and have a gentle droopiness. The tree's canopy is full, well-formed, rounded, attractive, and somewhat asymmetrical. It can grow as tall as one hundred feet.


Tiny yellow fairy blossoms appear in the early spring and continue blooming for several weeks. Each leaf measures as long as six inches. In autumn, the leaves generally turn pale to medium yellow.


Order Your Silky Willow Tree from TN Nursery


The silky willow tree is an ideal planting to help stop water erosion of your soil. TN Nursery is proud to grow vigorous silky willow tree specimens--please place your order today.

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  • 3
    Not good for alkaline soils

    Posted by Joe Hoffman on Nov 24, 2022

    I was looking for Black Willow to restore a riverbank. The website offered me this. It's not a good substitute. Also, the deer said it was delicious.

  • 4
    Silky Willow Tree

    Posted by Emily John on Jan 23, 2022

    I have this planted in my farm so many years ago. it has been lushing out and extremely wonderful in all the seasons.

  • 5
    Black Willows Arrived Readuy to Plant

    Posted by R. David Robinson on Apr 21, 2021

    Recently ordered some Black Willow trees for riverbank stabilization. They arrived quickly and in excellent shape. Planted them as soon as they arrived and they look healthy. Thanks for the excellent service. Plan to order more in the Fall.

  • 5
    Willow trees

    Posted by Sue Blackall on Apr 15, 2021

    They are very nice and healthy.

  • 5
    Healthy and beautiful

    Posted by Kassy Dixon on Dec 23, 2020

    I planted mine outside my koi pond I am absolutely in love with it.

  • 5

    Posted by Cassandra Hopkins on Dec 09, 2020

    They kinda look like a swamp tree I love them.

  • 5
    Black Willow Tree

    Posted by Tera Bess on Aug 27, 2019

    These arrived in great shape and packaged nicely. I got them planted.. Can't wait to see what they look like in the spring.

  • 5
    Black Willow Tree

    Posted by Melinda Sweeton on Aug 23, 2019

    looks great around our pond

  • 5
    Black Willow Tree

    Posted by Opal Fredericks on Aug 22, 2019

    These look great around my pond.

Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates

Ships November through April