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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
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.

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.

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

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