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White Willow/Crack Willow Hybrid (Salix Albax Salix Fragilis)


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This tree is probably a hybrid between white and crack willow as it has some of the characteristics of both and they easily hyridize. White willow has a rugged back and the twigs do not break readily as in Crack willow. It is common on rich lowland soils near streams or in wet woodland. It is often planted. The leaves are hairy toothed and silver grey when mature. Crack willow is a more spreading tree. Its sleeves are hairless when mature. In both species, the male catkins have two stamens per flower. Picture taken 6th May 2006 at Felmersham, Bedfordshire

7th May 2006 by Diane Earl

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