Common name: Black Willow
Salix nigra Marshall APNI*
Description: Spreading shrub or tree to 20 m high usually with a single prominent trunk, sometimes up to 4 stems, crown comparatively open; bark grey, smooth to deeply fissured and scaly with age; twigs, shiny, those in the sun dark red-brown, ± glabrous, slender, not drooping.
Leaves narrow-lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, 4–10 cm long, 7–17 mm wide, dark green above, paler below, glabrescent; margins regularly minutely glandular-toothed.
Male and female trees equally common. Male catkins 6–12 cm long with widely spaced flowers; stamens 4–7 per flower; very fragrant; female catkins 4–6 cm long, ovary stalked.
Capsules 4.5–5.5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: introduced as seed in the 1960s and spreading aggressively by seed and rooted branches in rivers and roadside ditches. Native of N America.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *ST, *SWS
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
Declared Noxious Weed
Hybrids of S. nigra x S. fragilis are uncommon but recorded from ST.
Text by S.W.L. Jacobs & L. Murray (2000)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (2000)
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