BLACK WILLOW Sauz
Salix nigra - Salicaceae, Willow Family
DESCRIPTION: Large tree with
Height: 60-85 feet.
Flowers: Yellow, 1 to 2-inch-long
cylindrical spikes, April-May.
Fruit: Capsule bearing seeds
surrounded by long white hairs.
Bark: Dark brown to black, deep
Growth rate: Fast (1.3 feet/year)
Riverbank, resaca banks.
Cover (Plain Chachalacas run down
branches to drink;) deer browse leaves.
Weak, soft wood, used for boxes,
artificial limbs, fuel, woven baskets,
wicker furniture; excellent for erosion control; aspirin
originated in willow bark.