Salix alba 'Chermesina' - Redstem Willow
Of all the many types of Salix alba,
this German clone is one of the best for winter
colour. Unsurpassed as a specimen, it
will be equally effective massed along a streambank.
Even though this clone originated in Germany,
it is distinct from Salix alba 'Britzensis'.
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.
Description: large shrub or small tree;
7 m (22'); very attractive, yellow-red annual growth; for
the best colour, prune regularly; vigorous and ornamental
Conditions: full sun to light shade; ample
water; tolerates a wide range of soil and conditions
Coldest zone: 3 (find your
zone; further info on plant hardiness)
This picture was taken in October and is of a group of two
year old plants that are coppiced in the late
winter every year.
picture of S. alba 'Chermesina']
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
'Chermesina' 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.