Belongs to: trees

Compare with: sallow

Crack willow Salix fragilis

Best time to see: all year

Key facts

A fast-growing tree common on river banks and in marshy ground

Gnarled, often twisted trunk; thin, pointed leaves; catkins in spring; up to 20m, but often pollarded

Twigs snap off cleanly with a sharp crack, unlike any other willow

  • tree
  • leaves

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