Crack Willows by the Susquehanna River in NY State with rounded compact habit and like fluffy green clouds!
The tree above, below and left is where our stock came from. The ducks were a bonus!
We thought a perfect name would be Cloud Willow! Mid-August.
The young growth of the Cloud Willow is green on both both sides unlike other Hybrid Crack Willows that are whitish on the undersides when young; that characteristic came from S. alba. The bright red young stems was an unexpected bonus.
Salix xfragilis 'River Cloud' in the nursery after two years.
Great looking foliage and long straight, thin rods. Mid-August.
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Above a group of juvenile Red Breasted Mergansers swimming past the Crack Willow.
right: the trunk with its deep
furrows are typical of
Red stems with orange-red overwintering flower buds in late October.
Typical Salix xfragilis leaves with smooth medium green upper surface and paler undersides. Late-October.
Salix xfragilis 'River Cloud'
(alba x euxina)
alba = white euxina = the ancient Greek name for the Black Sea
In 2014 found a large group of cloud-like trees near the Susquehanna River in New York State that made me jump out of the car as I had never seen this before! I thought I had found the Crack Willow--Salix euxina. In May 2017 our plants produced female catkins for the first time. As soon as I saw them I knew we didn't have the species Salix euxina as the catkins were long and narrow, whereas the catkins of Salix euxina are short and stout. We had a selection of Salix xfragilis. It is similar to the fabled Salix euxina 'Bullata' but that has a single trunk usually and is usually dome shaped, not cloud-like.
Our apologies for any customers who bought this as Salix euxina; I hope that you forgive this error.
This willow thrives along river banks or the edges of lakes, its natural home, but is equally happy on our property with no rivers within miles! It is called Crack Willow because the two-year old branches snap off very easily. Hardy to Zone 4.
USES: A specimen ornamental tree and for coarse basketry.
was Salix euxina
$12.50 per bundle of 5
A female catkin on one of the plants in the nursery for the first time in 2017.
The shape of the spikes told me that this was a selection of Salix xfragilis.
May 11th, 2017.