Crack Willow

The crack willow, known as Salix fragilis, is a deciduous tree native to Europe and western Asia. It is has its slender, lance-shaped leaves and flexible branches that are prone to breaking, which is how it gets its name.

The Appearance

A large deciduous tree with a broad, spreading crown and long, narrow leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It produces small, inconspicuous flowers.


The Produce

The male catkins are long and yellow, while the female catkins are shorter and greenish.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in spring.


The Leaves

They are typically 8 to 15 centimetres (3 to 6 inches) long.


The Bark

The bark is gray and deeply fissured, becoming rough with age.


The Habitat

Prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found along riverbanks and wetlands.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The leaves and bark offer food and shelter.


The Culture

Valued for its fast growth and timber, which is used in making cricket bats and other products. Often planted for erosion control.


Fun Facts

Crack Willow is named for its tendency to crack and split easily, especially during storms, which helps it propagate.

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