Salix nigra ~ Black Willow-ServeScape
Salix nigra ~ Black Willow-ServeScape
Salix nigra ~ Black Willow-ServeScape

Black Willow

Salix nigra

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  • Delivery to Greater Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC & Tallahassee, FL area ONLY, within 5-7 business days. (Click HERE to see our Delivery Area Map)
  • Pickup in 3-5 business days from our Switchyard in Chamblee, GA       
    (Mon/Wed/Fri 11am-4pm - 3708 N Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA)
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Planning to install this yourself? We recommend a size 15 Gallon or smaller for DIY installations. These sizes do not require any offloading equipment.
Any tree or shrub that is sized by HEIGHT or CAL (Caliper- size where the trunk meets the root flare) is delivered with a large root ball wrapped in burlap (B&B). They are typically 1000+ LBS per plant. They will require heavy equipment to install. Installation is not included in the price of the plant. We highly recommend adding the ServeScape ‘One-Click’ Installation service (must be added at the cart page) for material of this size, or working with a contractor that can provide equipment for installation.

For any tree or shrub that is sized larger than 10’ HEIGHT or 3” CAL, the customer will be required to provide offloading equipment or a contractor to offload unless paying for installation through ServeScape. We will coordinate delivery with you so that your contractor can have equipment ready upon your plant's arrival!
**Dormancy Note - This plant is currently dormant for the winter! It is available for purchase! Your delivered plant may be dormant, or showing very little top growth. However, you can still plant! These plants are putting all their energy into root production, so they will be ready to thrive in the spring! If you have any issues with your plant the following peak season, you can fill out our return request form to request a replacement plant.

  1. Black Willows are medium to large-sized trees that can reach heights of 30 to 60 feet (9 to 18 meters) with a spread of 20 to 40 feet (6 to 12 meters). They have a narrow, upright crown and a straight trunk. The leaves are long, narrow, and lance-shaped, with a finely toothed margin. They are typically dark green on the upper surface and pale green on the underside.

  2. Habitat: Black Willows are commonly found near bodies of water, such as streams, rivers, and wetlands. They are well-adapted to moist and wet soils and are often seen growing along riverbanks, lake shores, and in floodplains.

  3. Growth and Lifespan: Black Willows are fast-growing trees, capable of adding several feet of height each year. They have a relatively short lifespan, typically living for 30 to 50 years. However, some individuals can live longer under favorable conditions.




Eastern US; GA Native


30' - 60'


30' - 60'



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 9


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MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  High maintenance.  Avoid dry soils. Prune as needed in late winter early spring.  Susceptible to various diseases, including blights, powdery mildew, leaf spots and cankers.  Possible pests include aphids, scale, borers, and lacebugs. Prune as needed in late winter to early spring.  The wood is weak due to fast growing and may split or crack.  Leaf and stem litter can be an issue. 

LANDSCAPE USES: Group Plantings or Specimen Tree, Naturalized AreasWoodland Gardens, and  Shade Tree

COMPANION PLANTS: Red Maple, River Birch, Sycamore

IMAGES:  Bruce MarlinSalix nigra Morton 180-88-3CC BY-SA 2.5, (2) Famartin2013-05-04 15 59 05 Black Willow catkins along Colonial Lake in Colonial Lake Park in Lawrence, New JerseyCC BY-SA 3.0, (3) PumpkinSkyBlack Willow NBGCC BY-SA 3.0

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.

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