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Black Willow

Salix nigra • Swamp Willow


The largest native willow in North America; ranges from Ontario to the Atlantic coast, and southward to the Gulf of Mexico. It is a tree or tall shrub, typically growing 3-20 m tall. Black willow is common on moist sites throughout southern Ontario, particularly along streams and at the margins of ponds and lakes.  It is fast growing, but may live for only 40 or 50 years. The wood is brittle and the tree may require regular pruning.



Long, thin, lanced shaped leaves with pointed tip. Very finely toothed.


Light brown. hairless capsules when mature.


Very dark, deeply furrowed


Blunt tipped, yellow catkins that are hairy on the inside.

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