Definition of crack willow in English:

crack willow


  • A large Eurasian willow with long glossy leaves, growing typically in damp or riverside habitats. The brittle branches break off easily, often taking root and producing new growth.

    • ‘Less usual native trees are scattered throughout the woods and include wild cherry, aspen, and crack willows.’
    • ‘The only exception is crack willow in which the branches and twigs snap off easily.’
    • ‘You can still see pollarded crack willows if you travel through the Somerset levels just north-east of Taunton.’
    • ‘White willows (like their close relative the crack willow) tend to split in stormy weather.’
    • ‘River boat captains learnt not to tie their boats to the crack willow because it was fragile.’
    • ‘The trees along the bank are mainly crack willows, so called because of the brittleness of their twigs.’
    • ‘The crack willow can grow up to 20 metres high and tends to have a broad tapering crown with the branches curving upwards.’
    • ‘I painted all day out in the wood, producing a series of canvases of the old crack willows overhanging the stream.’
    • ‘True weeping willow flowers early and therefore is usually not pollinated by crack willows, except occasionally in coastal areas.’
    • ‘There are many crack willows and a mixed woodland of beech, birch, lime, sycamore, alder, rowan and ash.’
    • ‘‘The Restaurant’ is a grassy bank, a sheltered location beneath crack willows.’
    • ‘Some of the crack willows in this area have grown up to 15 metres high.’
    • ‘Introduced species of flora like crack willows had choked and badly affected water quality in the creek.’
    • ‘Its ecological values are being degraded, due to the rapid invasion by grey and crack willows.’
    • ‘If left to grow to maturity, crack willows have a large and full crown, but they are often pollarded.’
    • ‘The black willow is native to Wisconsin and the weeping and crack willows are exotics brought into Wisconsin from somewhere else.’
    • ‘There are quite a few large crack willows in the park which are leaning over at alarming angles.’
    • ‘As crack willows are a weedy species, especially along creeks, there are better alternatives.’
    • ‘Some of the more commonly known are crack willow, purple willow, and weeping willow.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that crack willow poses a serious environmental threat to Tasmania's waterways and stream side vegetation.’