Salix Fragilis (Crack Willow)- A medium sized native tree commonly found lining ancient river banks. Growing in a stumpy habit, the crack willow has a short but thick trunk with a large rounded canopy, in the right conditions it can reach heights of up to 25 meters, bearing long, slender dark green leaves. The name, crack willow, is derived from the sound of the branches and twigs when they fall or break off the tree.
Fruit: Female catkins open when ripe to release lots of white cottony hairs the carry the seeds.
Timber: The timber is soft and light, it can be used to make artificial limbs, children’s toys and charcoal. It is often used in wicker work.
Soil Types/Habitat: It will grow in most soils types but does best when planted in full sun, close to water sources.