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Salix alba vitellina 'Britzensis', photo courtesy of John Glover/Alamy
Salix alba vitellina 'Britzensis', photo courtesy of John Glover/Alamy

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Zones A2, A3, 1-11, 14-24
Full Sun
Ample WaterRegular Water
Ample, Moderate

Salix alba vitellina

White Willow
Deciduous, Trees


Fast-growing, weak-wooded, short-lived plants. Weeping willows are best used as single trees near a stream or lake, though they can, with training, become satisfactory shade trees for patio or terrace. They leaf out very early in spring and hold their foliage late. Shrubby willows are grown mainly for catkins (this group goes by the name “pussy willow”) or colorful twigs, as screen plants, or for erosion control on stream or river banks.

Salix alba vitellina

Upright, withbrilliant yellow twigs in winter.Can grow to tree size, but cuttingback gives best color display:lop to 1 ft. high yearly, justbefore spring growth begins.Stems may grow 8 ft. in a season.‘Britzensis’ has red ororange-red winter stems.

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