Salix Nigra - Black Willow Live Stake
The beautiful black willow tree can be an excellent addition to the landscape, growing 30 to 60ft in height with a slender trunk of about fourteen inches in diameter. Although black willows resemble a typical willow, this particular species is most distinctly recognized by its coarse, thick and dark-colored bark. The elongated green leaves fall in the autumn, and the tree buds yellow flowers with no petals in the spring. Black willow flowers are catkins, which are thin, cylindrical flower clusters arranged around a long stem. The male and female are indistinguishable except for during the flowering/budding season.
The black willow live stake is native to central and eastern North America where it is most often found growing along river banks and amongst floodplains. Planting natives are beneficial not only to your landscape (as they can help reduce flooding and use fewer resources to survive) but also because it can provide shade, habitat, and food for native wildlife. For example, the black willow is a 'soil-binding' species, which means that it can help prevent soil erosion. As for wildlife, the black willow is one of the first trees to provide nectar for honey bees (and numerous other pollinators) after winter's end.
People interested in planting black willows would do best to plant them in full sun in colder areas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture places it in hardiness zones 2 through 8. If planted in the right location, a black willow can grow around 4ft each year with little maintenance. Black willow trees can live for an average of 65 years, with a range of 40-100 years. Their quick growth and manageable size make them an ideal tree, although it is important to remember that they will need ample water to thrive.
Black Willow Live Stakes ship year round and are ready to plant upon arrival.
Mature Height 80-100 Feet
Sun: Partial-Full Sun
Grows best in moist soil
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