Salix Alba ssp.vitellina Britzensis | Coral Bark Willow - 250-300cm, 35lt

Salix Alba ssp.vitellina Britzensis | Coral Bark Willow - 250-300cm, 35lt

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Salix Alba ssp.vitellina ‘Britzensis’ is a vigorous, compact, fast-growing, multi-stemmed, deciduous tree, popular for its orange-red and fiery-red new stems that look fantastic during the winter. It has narrow, lanceolate, green leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It’s a male cultivar with inconspicuous yellowish catkins in spring. Salix Alba ssp.vitellina ‘Britzensis’ can adapt to a wide range of soils, except too dry, but prefers average, moist, well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade. Best to be grown in sunny areas and moist soil. It is resistant to frost and exposed conditions. It is tolerant of sea salt and coastal conditions. Low maintenance plant, doesn’t require pruning. Very easy to care for. Coral Bark Willow is mostly grown for its colourful winter bark. It is great for shrub borders and planted in masses along streams and ponds. Excellent for banks and slopes for erosion control. Good for informal hedges and privacy screens. Suitable for cottage and coastal gardens.
  • Common Name

    Coral Bark Willow

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous tree

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To


  • Flower

    inconspicuous yellowish catkins

  • Foliage

    narrow, lanceolate, green leaves

  • Maturation period

    20–50 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

more than 12m

Mature Width

more than 8m

Shape / habit


Preferred Location


West–facing or East–facing or South–facing or North–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period




spring, summer



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