Crack Willow (Salix fragilis)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 40 to 70 feet
Plant Spread: 30 to 50 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Dynamic Accumulator: Mg (Magnesium)
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

full-grown tree in summer

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Location: Aurora, Illinois along Fox RiverDate: 2010-07-16full-grown tree in summer
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 9, 2018 7:12 PM

In the 1970's through the 1990's I used to see this species occasionally wild or planted in the Chicago area. It is a large tree with one thick trunk and it is not weeping. Its leaves are larger than that of the Golden Weeping Willow or the Black Willow being 4 to 6 inches long x about 1.5 inches wide with finely toothed margins. It is native to Europe. It sometimes can escape cultivation by branches breaking off the tree and floating down a watercourse and lodging into a bank.

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