Salix alba 'Britzensis' - Coral Bark Willow
Very ornamental, particularly
There are two ways to grow this plant - pruned
or left to grow to its natural form. Read our
page about pruning
willows to find out more about coppicing and
the resulting different plant form with an emphasis
on colorful stems for winter interest.
The main picture was taken on Oct 21 '04 and
is of a group of plugs that were planted in the
spring of the same year.
Note: climatic conditions seem to have an effect
on stem color. In the winter of '05-'06 the stems
are not as bright. Read
Description: small conical tree; 6 m (20');
stems very deep red (dry to a reddish rust); cut back annually
for maximum stem color
Conditions: full sun to light shade; ample
water; tolerates a wide range of soil and conditions
Coldest zone: 2 (find your
zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Comparison of willow
stems and leaves
Lists of various willow
Visit the USDA
website to see a map of US states where Salix alba is
found growing in the wild. You may then click on the individual
states to see the counties where S. alba has been found.
From this we are able to deduce that the variety S. alba
'Britzensis' and the other Salix albas should grow well in
probably every State in the continental US, provided you can
give it the moist conditions that it requires.