Salix rubens 'Hutchinsons Yellow'
In addition to being used in fine basketry,
'Hutchinsons Yellow' is often grown purely for
its ornamental qualities. For
instance, the bright scarlet red bud scales against
the rich yellow stems in early spring add a splash
of colour to the landscape, especially when combined
with red flowering tulips.
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; 4-6
m (13-20'); rich yellow new growth; hardy and
full sun to part shade;
thrives with heavy watering; tolerates a wide range
of soil types; prune for utility
Coldest zone: 3 (find your
zone; further info on plant hardiness)
The main picture was taken in October and is
of a group of three year old plants that are coppiced
in the late winter every year.
For some gorgeous spring pictures of S. 'Hutchinsons
Yellow' with the enormous catkins of S. chaenomeloides,
please visit our