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botanical name:
Salix alba var. vitellina 'Britzensis'
Salix alba var. vitellina 'Britzensis' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Red Willow, Scarlet Willow, Coral-bark Willow
synonyms:  Salix alba 'Britzensis', Salix alba 'Chermesina'
family:  Salicaceae
characteristics: tree
height: 25.00m
width: 15.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: broad headed
leaf colour: green
flower colour:
stem/bark: red
main season: Winter
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -45°C
USDA zone: 2 to 8
description:
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.
Male clone.

cultivation:
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.

propagation:
From cuttings taken during winter

usage:
May be kept by pruning to a rounded shrub of 1.8m x 1.8m.

other notes:
Originated at Britz near Berlin, Germany in the 1870’s.

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