Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Salix fragilis L.
crack willow, brittle willow
Invasive, Potential problem species
Origin: Western Europe and Asia
Growth Form: Tree
Plant Description: Plant: Deciduous tree 3–10(–15) m high, branchlets smooth, polished, ascending, brittle at the base, readily snapping off. Leaves: Bright green and shiny above, paler beneath with blue or grey bloom; spring leaves fringed with long, silky hairs, summer leaves glabrous, up to 150 mm x 40 mm; margins coarsely serrated, two glands at base of blade; stipules fairly large, half-heart-shaped, deciduous. Flowers: Greenish, 4 mm long, female only, shortly stalked, in dense, cylindrical catkins 30–70 mm long, September–October. Fruit: Greenish capsules, shortly stalked, shedding sterile white hairs; reproduces from detached branches.
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Comments: Suspected/Possible
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