Photographer: Kitty Kohout
Salix nigra Marshall
Salix: Latin name for the willow and meaning "to leap or spring" in reference to its fast growth
nigra: Latin for "black"
|Plant: ||perennial tree to 65' tall, often with 1-4 leaning trunks to 20" in diameter|
|Flower: ||sharply pointed buds; 1"-3" long catkin on a long, leafy stalk|
|Leaf:||usually hanging, narrowly lance-like, both sides green but paler below edges mostly finely toothed and not curled|
|Habitat: ||streambanks, meadows in alluvial soils|