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Salix alba - 'Britensis' (Scarlet Willow)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush, Architectural Form
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Salix alba - Cultivation Notes

This shrubby willow flourishes on moist / wet soils of any type in part / full sun. It is fast growing, and will require pruning to produce distinctive twisted growth there - it is fast growing and should be planted well away from house.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Salix alba:

  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Salix alba

  • Invasive/spreading root growth
  • Invasive top growth
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

View all the plants listed in Genus Salix

View other types of shrubs with medium green foliage

Common Missspellings: Salix, Salex, Selax, Saylix, Saylics, Salics

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