Salix alba subsp. vitellina ‘Britzensis’


  • Botanical name: Salix alba subsp. vitellina 'Britzensis'
  • Common name: Willow
  • Family: Saliceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Deciduous

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.

How to grow Salix 'Britzensis'

  • Plant size

    1.8m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Take cuttings
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Do not Take cuttings in October

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Do not Take cuttings in December


Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do Prune in March

Do Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

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Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Salix 'Britzensis' and wildlife

Salix 'Britzensis' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Salix 'Britzensis' poisonous?

Salix 'Britzensis' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People