Black willow is native to the entire eastern half of North America, and it is found throughout Ohio. It is typically found in wetlands and alongside streams, ponds, and rivers, as well as swampy or marshy areas. Black willows have fibrous root systems that help to bind the soils along rivers and streams to prevent the soil from being washed away.
Black willow trees can reach 30 feet in height. The estimated lifespan of black willow averages 65 years with a range of 40 to 100 years.