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     Black Willow is a large, beautiful, fast-growing tree with weeping branches that feeds hundreds of caterpillar species and is a larval host to the Mourning Cloak, Viceroy, Red-spotted Purple and Tiger Swallowtail butterflies.  Black Willow is of special value to native bees, and it provides food and shelter for songbirds.


     Black Willow grows naturally in floodplains, along river banks, in swamps and marshes and near ponds.  It thrives in sunny, moist areas, and like all willows should be planted away from sewer lines.

Willow, Black

10 Gallons
    • Latin: Salix nigra
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Wetland status: FACW
    • Height: 30-60' high and wide
    • Light: Full sun to part shade
    • Soil: Moist to wet
    • Bloom: Yellowish-green catkins March-April
    • Foliage: Narrow, medium to dark green, deciduous
    • Landscape: Rain garden, moist areas, near ponds and streams; good for soil stabilization.
    • Resistance: Deer, wet
    • More information and native range here
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