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The Crack Willow

 

 

The Crack Willow is one of the most common willows in Britain.

 

It is frequently called 'Withy' by country people, but  that name is also commonly applied to the Osier. 

 

Though  the Crack Willow prefers damp situations, you may also find it growing on exposed hillsides.

 

The leaves are long. sometimes  reaching  six inches, and the edges are slightly toothed.

 

The flowers (catkins) are about one-and-a-half inches long and appear from April to June.

 

The branches are very  brittle  and liable  to snap off easily at their bases, which is why the  tree has got its common name of "Crack".

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