Salix x 'Pink Delight'

Hybrid Willow

Plant Type:


Salix x 'Pink Delight' - Ruddy red-brown stems are the perches for copious pink pussies on this male hybrid. These emerge in spring, mid-late winter more likely at the southern end of the growing range. Glossy bud sheaths which set up late season are an added attraction on all stems - subtle but noted on closer inspection. Parentage is S. 'Amercana' (eriocephala x petiolaris) x eleagnos f. angustifolia. The Rosemary Willow parentage is plainly evident in 'Pink Delight' with its narrow and elongated leaves. A red tinge on new leaves is another nice feature from the 'Americana' parent. Leaves mature green. The meritorious child of the pairing exhibits hybrid vigor. Annual coppicing will provide for a shorter, denser shrub with many more young stems that will provide its warm winter tones and multitudes of pink inflorescence in spring. It appears that 'Pink Delight' will be another fine entry into the roster of willows that provide perfectly pliable material appropriate for the craft of basket making. Dried stems are tawny reddish brown. Established potted willow, cutting grown.

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15 ft


15 ft




4 to 7(8?)
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Characteristics and Attributes for Salix x 'Pink Delight'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Winter / Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored

Autumn Interest

  • Showy Buds

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun


  • Hedge
  • Hedgerow
  • Cutting Garden
  • Natural Garden
  • Meadow / Field
  • Shrub Border
  • Basketry

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Rapid


  • Fertile
  • Moist
  • Draining


  • 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.