Flora of Northern Ireland
Salix fragilis
© Alan Hill
Salix fragilis
© Alan Hill
Salix fragilis
© Alan Hill
Salix fragilis
(Map updated: March 2008)
 

Crack willow is a very common species of lowland damp or wet places such as river banks, marshy ground and lake shores. It can grow to about 50 ft (15m) in height, but tends to have an untidy growth habit. The twigs break off easily at their junctions with the larger branches. The leaves are long and narrow with small teeth along their edges. It is not native in Ireland.

All names: Salix fragilis L.; Salix decipiens Hoffm.; Salix russeliana Sm.