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Salix alba 'Britzensis'

Coral Bark Willow

Plant Type:


Salix alba ‘Britzensis’ – Coral Bark Willow. ‘Britzensis’ is an upright and a fast grower with stems stretching as much as 10’ in one season. Leaves are alternate lances with silvery undersides. Winter wood is strikingly beautiful and warms the heart with all bases of younger wood golden, tips of the branches quite red with an orange-coral blend in a broad band between. Best colored wood is achieved with shearing back every couple of years. This will also create a denser shrub. It can make an extraordinarily beautiful polladed specimen which would show off its stunning winter stems on a smaller, architectural plant.This could make a quite handsome larger screen or a beautiful specimen in the larger landscape especially if in association with contrasting elements, evergreen or deciduous. Established pot grown shrub from cutting.

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40-50 ft


2 to 8(9)
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Characteristics and Attributes for Salix alba 'Britzensis'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Smooth
  • Colored

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun


  • Specimen
  • Alee
  • Screen
  • Basketry
  • Hedge
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Rapid


  • Fertile
  • Moist


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Salix

Common Name: Willow

Salix. These are the willows, a large genus of woody plants. Some willows are small shrubs, others grow into huge trees and there are many bushy species which fall in between. All prefer sun planted in fertile moisture retaining soils; some are tolerant of quite wet feet. Many have quite attractive lanceolate leaves with silvery undersides that flash in summer breezes… I have often thought of these as the “poor man’s bamboo”. Some have contorted and beautifully colored bark which shines in the winter landscape. Many sport beautiful winter/spring catkins. Nearly all willows have utilitarian applications in fencing, rods, basket making. All are very prune-able; in fact, any of the larger shrubs depending upon how you desire to employ them will respond well to pruning and coppicing. When coppiced those with beautifully colored winter stems display many more of them. And as with ornamental shrub dogwoods younger stems exhibit the best, most intense winter tones. All ornamental characteristics will be presented according to species/cultivar. All of the following offerings are established pot grown shrubs from a cutting. We may prune back all larger growing selections prior to shipping so that you will not incur the extra handling charge.