Salix nigra, Black Willow

Size: tree, 50' average height at maturity

Buds: covered by a single scale

Leaves: deciduous, alternate, up to 5" long, simple, lanceolate, finely toothed, acuminate, pale green

Twigs: green or green-brown, glabrous

Flowers: dioecious tree, catkins

Fruit: capsule, seeds covered with fuzz

Bark: dark brown to blackish, rough and scaly