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Willow, Crack

Salix fragilis

Salicaceae - Willow

Description

See also Peachleaf Willow description.

Leaves: Green and shiny above, pale green to whitish beneath; narrow, often curved, oval, 5" in length, tapering to a sharp tip, coarsely toothed; petiole long (1/4" to 1"); deciduous.

Twigs/buds: Twigs brownish, greenish-brown, yellowish-green, or dark red, shiny; rather thick and stiff, yet brittle. Buds hairy, thin, small, and gummy.

Flowers/fruit: Flowers dioecious; catkins attached to short leafy shoots.

Bark: Furrows deep; ridges narrow.

Wood: Weak wood and/or branch structure; little information available.

General: A small or medium tree (up to 50' tall), native to southwestern Asia and central Europe. Has brittle twigs that tend to break off at their base in storms (hence, the name "crack willow"). Such twigs may actually float down streams and take root in stream banks. Prefers abundant water.

Landscape Use: Several campgrounds in Logan Canyon and possibly elsewhere were planted with this willow decades ago. Zones 4-9.

 

Characteristics

General

Family:
Salicaceae - Willow
Cultivar Availability:
No
Hardiness Zone:
4-9
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
High
Mature Height:
High
Longevity:
Medium
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Oval

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
No
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
Low
Salt:
High
Drought:
Low
Poor Drainage:
High
Alkalinity:
High
Transplanting:
High