Black Willow Tree

Black Willow Tree

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Over 20 Feet
Planting Zones 4-9
November Through April
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Black Willow Tree (Salix nigra)


Black Willow Tree: Salix nigra, or the black willow tree, is part of a large family of deciduous trees and shrubs. These species are hardy, fast-growing, and thrive in almost every USDA growing zone. In fact, this tree grows well from Maine to Texas and at nearly every point in between.


Like most in the willow family, the black willow tree prefers the moderately moist, fertile soils surrounding swamps, bogs, ponds, river banks, and other wet locations.


TN Nursery recommends the black willow tree for customers who have consistently moist areas--or even places suffering from water erosion. The black willow's strong and sprawling root system will help retain soil in these challenging conditions.


When you plant this tree, find a full sun or a partially sunny location that will retain sufficient moisture. This species makes an outstanding addition to any water garden.


The Unique Appearance of the Black Willow Tree


The name of the black willow signifies the tree's bark color, which is such a deep brown that it appears black in hue. As the black willow tree matures, it develops a rough texture, well-defined grooves, and shaggy scales. The branches are long, slender, and have a gentle droopiness. The tree's crown is full, usually forms an attractive, slightly asymmetrical shape, and can grow as tall as a hundred feet.


Dainty yellow blossoms appear in the early spring and bloom for several weeks. They give way to light green leaves. The leaves are thin, narrow--tapering to a tip--and have finely toothed edges. Each leaf measures as long as six inches. In autumn, the leaves generally turn pale to medium yellow.


Order Your Black Willow Tree From TN Nursery


The black willow tree is an excellent solution if you have a wet property that suffers from soil erosion. TN Nursery is proud to grow the most robust, healthiest black willow tree specimens--please place your order today.

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  • 4
    willow trees

    Posted by Leslie on Dec 11, 2020

    They are a little smaller and "skinnier" than I was expecting but I'm expecting great things. Time will tell. thanks

  • 5
    Beautiful Absolutely Beautiful

    Posted by Lovely on Dec 09, 2020

    The shipping was fast and the packaging was great. And the trees are amazing.

  • 4

    Posted by Elizabeth Patten on Nov 23, 2020

    I can't wait to see these trees come alive in the spring, The willows looked good and healthy when they came in the mail. Thank you.

  • 5
    Willow Trees

    Posted by Melvin Smith on Aug 22, 2019

    these look great planted beside my pond

  • 5
    Willow Trees

    Posted by Missy Cantrel on Aug 22, 2019

    these look great at the lake very pleased

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