Black Willow

Salix nigra

The black willow has elongated green leaves and dark brown to black, deeply-furrowed bark. The tiny yellowish-green flowers that appear in catkins in the spring provide nectar for bees and other pollinators.

Size and Light Requirements

Growing best in full sun to part shade, the black willow can grow to a height of 50 feet in an urban setting.

Plant This Tree

This tree is available through our residential planting program, RiverSmart Homes. You can get up to $100 back for planting this tree yourself through our tree rebate program.

Find Another Tree

All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, DC.


Robert Brainz, Mathew Beziat