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Salix alba var. vitellina 'Britzensis'
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common name: Red Willow, Scarlet Willow, Coral-bark Willow
synonyms: Salix alba 'Britzensis', Salix alba 'Chermesina'
growth rate: fast
growth habit: broad headed
leaf colour: green
main season: Winter
full sun, part shade
moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -45°C
USDA zone: 2 to 8
Similar to the related S. var. vitellina, but this cultivar has distinctive orange-red new stems. Matures to a large tree, but often grown as a large shrub by pruning hard back each spring. Fast growing, the new stems may reach 1.8M in one season. Long narrow leaves with a white downy undersides.
Needs good moist to wet soil to grow well.
Prune hard back every year or two, to encourage new brightly coloured stems. May be cut low to the ground as a coppice or with a few feet of trunk as a pollard.
From cuttings taken during winter
May be kept by pruning to a rounded shrub of 1.8m x 1.8m.
Originated at Britz near Berlin, Germany in the 1870’s.