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

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.

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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