Salix fragilis - Crack Willow
Salix fragilis - Crack Willow is a deciduous medium sized tree which is native to the UK. Very robust and fast growing.
Glossy, dark green lanceolate leaves with yellow/green catkins which later turn brown. Grows on most soils and is ideally suited to damp areas such as water margins, and the edges of marsh areas.
Crack willow has a strong value for wildlife. The catkins provide an important source of early pollen and nectar for bees and other insects. Caterpillars of a number of moth species feed on the foliage and the branches make good nesting and roosting sites for birds.