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Crack Willow (Salix fragilis)

A fast-growing Willow with origins in Western Asia and Europe. It is found in the wild growing next to rivers, marshes and streams. The "crack willow," which refers to its tendency to split into cracks and fissures, as well as the sound its breaking branches make. It's one of the biggest of the willow species, and caterpillars love eating its leaves.

The size of each plant is between 15 – 50cm in height from the root plug.

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  • Product Description

    Native to Europe and parts of Asia, Crack Willows (Salix Fragilis) are widely distributed throughout the United Kingdom. It is frequently planted to stabilise river banks  and can be seen growing alongside streams, lakes, and other bodies of water .Crack Willow trees can also thrive in coastal areas as they are resistant to sea air. They prefer being in direct sunlight instead of shaded areas. Its extensive roots give structure and prevent soil erosion, and it thrives in moist soils. The twigs are yellow-brown, lustrous, slender, and flexible, while the bark is dark brown and becomes deeply split with age. The Crack Willow is easily pollarded, just like the majority of willow trees. If left in the ground, the twigs snap off readily, giving rise to the name Crack Willow. If left, they will begin to establish roots and form another tree.

    In terms of wildlife the Crack Willow supports a variety of different insects and animals, such as the red underwing, eyed hawk-moth, and puss moth. Birds can use the branches as suitable places to nest and sleep, and bees and other insects can obtain early nectar and pollen from the catkins.


    Tree attributes

    • Catkins dissolve readily in the wind and germinate quickly on the ground
    • Grows up to 20 metres high
    • Can grow in both polluted and sea air
    • The male catkins are yellow, while the female catkins are green
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    Our trees are planted, grown and cared for on site. This means, once the seeds are delivered to us we plant them, establish them in our polytunnels and then harden them off. The trees you are delivered have been with us since seed and we look after them until the moment they leave.

    Every tree is handpicked and packaged with the utmost care and attention to ensure your trees are delivered fighting fit to help against climate change. 

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  • Deliveries

    All postage and packaging charges for products delivered to the Mainland UK are included within the price. Additional charges apply for Northern Ireland, The Highlands & Scottish Isles, The Channel Islands, Scilly Isles & Isle of Man when ordering more than 8 trees.

    As a guide, orders for 8 plants or more will be sent via a courier, 8 plants or fewer will be sent by Royal Mail.

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