Uses of Black Willow:
Willow is cut principally into lumber. Black willow lumber is remanufactured principally into boxes, pallets, crates, caskets, and furniture.
The heartwood of black willow is grayish-brown or light reddish-brown frequently containing darker streaks. The sapwood is whitish to creamy yellow.
Black willow is the most important of the many willows that grow in the United States. It is the only one to supply lumber to market under its own name. Most black willow is produced in the Mississippi Valley from Louisiana to southern Missouri and Illinois.
The wood of the black willow is uniform in texture, with somewhat interlocked grain. The wood is light in weight (32lbs./cu.ft.), and is moderately soft and moderately high in shock resistance. It has moderately large shrinkage.