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Salix alba subsp. vitellina 'Britzensis'

Golden willow

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Colourful bark, Flowers



Skill level


Salix alba subsp. vitellina 'Britzensis'

Plant details

This form of the familiar white willow of damp fields and water-meadows is the scarlet or coral bark willow, a stunningly beautiful tree grown in gardens as a coppiced shrub. Most willows can be cut back regularly to induce a constant supply of new stems, and this is particularly useful with coloured-bark varieties, since their young growth has the most brilliant colours. 'Britzensis', often listed under its old name 'Chermesina', has remarkable orange-scarlet stems and twigs, the vivid colouring lasting all winter and into the second year. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Saliceae

Genus: Salix

Species: alba

Cultivar: subsp. vitellina Britzensis

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful bark, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 150cm

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