Crack Willow Hedging – Salix Fragilis


The rapid growth and dense branching of Salix Fragilis make it particularly suitable for hedge rows and mixed native hedgerows. Its robust nature forms a natural barrier, offering privacy, windbreak capabilities, and a visually pleasing green wall throughout the year.

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The Vibrant Essence of Salix Fragilis

Crack Willow: A Dynamic Addition to Hedgerows and Gardens


Discover the dynamic allure of Salix Fragilis, commonly known as Crack Willow, a standout in Harrods’ esteemed outdoor plant range. Renowned for its robust growth and striking appearance, this species is a superb choice for creating lush hedge rows or enhancing mixed native hedgerows.

Historical Perspective

A Legacy of Resilience and Utility The Crack Willow has been a part of human history for centuries, valued for its sturdy wood and flexible twigs. Traditionally used in basket weaving and as a natural source for salicylic acid, the precursor to aspirin, this tree carries with it a legacy of practicality and enduring appeal.

Botanical Features

Anatomy of an Adaptable Giant Salix Fragilis is characterized by its rugged bark, which cracks and fissures with age, and its long, slender leaves. The tree’s vigorous growth habit and ability to quickly regenerate make it a visually striking and resilient species.

Optimal Growth Conditions

Fostering Strength and Beauty Thriving in moist, well-drained soils and requiring full to partial sunlight, Crack Willow is known for its adaptability to various environmental conditions. Regular pruning not only maintains its shape but also encourages healthier growth, making it a low-maintenance option for gardeners.

Ideal for Hedgerows

Enhancing Landscapes with Functionality The rapid growth and dense branching of Salix Fragilis make it particularly suitable for hedge rows and mixed native hedgerows. Its robust nature forms a natural barrier, offering privacy, windbreak capabilities, and a visually pleasing green wall throughout the year.

Environmental Benefits

A Haven for Biodiversity Incorporating Crack Willow into garden designs significantly contributes to local ecosystems. It provides a habitat and food source for a variety of wildlife, including birds and beneficial insects, underlining Harrods’ commitment to promoting biodiversity and sustainable gardening.


Salix Fragilis, with its fast growth, environmental benefits, and ease of care, is an excellent choice for those looking to infuse their outdoor spaces with natural vibrancy and ecological value. Its historical and practical significance adds depth to its appeal, making it a worthy addition to any garden or hedgerow project.

For more detailed insights into Salix Fragilis, explore the Crack Willow Wikipedia page. To purchase this versatile and hardy tree, visit


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Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root


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Stem Girth

4-6cm, 6-8cm, 8-10cm, 10-12cm, 12-14cm, 14-16cm, 16-18cm, 18-20cm, 20-22cm, 22-24cm, 24-26cm, 26-28cm, 28-30cm, 30-35cm, 35-40cm, 40-45cm, 45-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, N/A, 20-25cm, 25-30cm

Foliage Type




Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Medium Growing

Growth Speed

Moderate Growth

Costal Growing






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