Definition of crack willow in US 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.

    Salix fragilis, family Salicaceae

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