About This Plant

The crack willow, scientifically known as Salix fragilis, is a deciduous tree native to Europe and western Asia. It is characterized by its slender, lance-shaped leaves and flexible branches that are prone to breaking, which is how it gets its name. Crack willows are often found near water bodies and wetland areas, as they thrive in moist soil conditions. These trees are valued for their rapid growth and have been used for erosion control and stabilizing riverbanks.

The Story


The leaves are lance-shaped, narrow, and green, with a serrated margin. They are typically 8 to 15 centimetres (3 to 6 inches) long.


Like many willow species, Salix fragilis produces catkins. The male catkins are long and yellow, while the female catkins are shorter and greenish.
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