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Salix (Willow)

Salix fragilis 'Belgium Red'

Salix fragilis 'Belgium Red' - Red Crack Willow
Salix fragilis 'Belgium Red'

Salix fragilis 'Belgium Red' - Red Crack Willow

Note: A word of caution when planting this species. Do NOT place close to drainage pipes or septic systems and keep it far away from any buildings. It has far-reaching adventurous roots and is not suited to residential lots unless it is pruned to the ground each year (coppiced).

Salix fragilis does become a large tree but by controlling the growth (coppicing), Belgium Red is an good choice for basketry, yielding a beautiful deep red stem colour for the winter garden.

Highly ornamental. 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 tree; 15-20 m (50-60'); saturated red new growth; vigorous and hardy

Ideal conditions: full sun to part shade; natural habitat is along river banks; tolerates a wide range of soils; prune for utility

Coldest zone: 3 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

The leafy picture was taken in October and is of a group of two year old plants that are coppiced in the late winter every year.

Comparison of willow stems and leaves

Lists of various willow uses