Salix x fragilis 'Flander's Red'

Flander's Red Hybrid Willow

Plant Type:

SHRUBS

Salix x fragilis 'Flanders Red' - ​4 available. All new, emergent leaves on this lovely hybrid are red. Older leaves turn green in summer trending back to red before leaf fall in autumn. Stems are deep, rich golden yellow and red but in late season turn completely red and remain vibrantly colored all the winter long. Though 'Flander's Red' is gorgeous in the winter landscape and the foliage is handsome, especially in spring and prior to leaf drop as with most wills there is good utilitarian possibilities as this is a good shrub for making heavy duty baskets and long, straight rods. For best winter color do coppice every year or two. This will provide a plethora of colorful stems and will keep the plant shorter and more vibrant. It is presumed that this hybrid comes from northern Belgium. The hybrid's parentage is S. alba var. vitellina (maybe?) x S. euxina. Full sun in fertile, moisture-retentive soil. Established pot grown shrub from cutting.


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Height:

20-30 ft

Spread:

20 ft

Characteristics and Attributes for Salix x fragilis 'Flander's Red'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored
  • Smooth

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant

Light

  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun

Attributes

  • Shrub Border
  • Accent
  • Hedge
  • Hedgerow
  • Marginal
  • Screen
  • Cutting Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Rapid

Soil

  • Fertile
  • Moist

Origins

  • 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.