Salix alba subsp. vitellina 'Britzensis'

Salix alba subsp. vitellina 'Britzensis'

Willow

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Salix alba subsp. vitellina 'Britzensis'
  • Common name: Willow
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 1.8m

Spread: 1.5m

  • Features: Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Flowers

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Salix alba subsp. vitellina 'Britzensis' is typically grown for its winter bark. It has remarkable orange-scarlet stems and twigs, which last all winter. It's easy to grow and maintain. It's perfect for adding colour to the winter garden and looks particularly good when planted in groups. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Salix alba subsp. vitellina 'Britzensis' in moist soil in full sun. Prune back hard in spring to encourage fresh new growth, which develops the best winter colouring.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Plant
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Take cuttings
Take cuttings
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Prune
Prune
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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