Coral bark willow (Salix alba 'Britzensis')

USDA Hardiness Zones

USDA hardiness zones
Coral bark willow
Coral bark willow Coral bark willow
Coral bark willow (Salix alba 'Britzensis')
Zone Zone  more information
Hardy to zone 2b
Mature Height Mature Height
10 to 12 feet
Mature Spread Mature Spread
10 to 12 feet
Growth Rate Growth Rate
Sun Sun
Full Sun
Moisture Moisture
Wet soil, poor drainage (also tolerant to moist soil, well-drained)
Fall Color Fall Color
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Wildlife
Flower Flower
Fruit Fruit
Evergreen Evergreen
Native to WI Native to WI
Additional Information Additional Information
upright, open, suckering shrub; 10-12’ tall and wide; fast grower; must be pruned back heavily at least yearly or every other year or else will develop into a large tree; fine textured, bright green leaves; no fall color; bright, coral red twigs in late fall to early spring; full sun; adaptable to most soils and pH; prefers moist, well-drained soil but is tolerant to wet soil; urban tolerant; susceptible to leaf feeding insects and leaf spot; do not shear; native to Europe and Asia; hardy to zone 2b; the cultivar 'Flame' is very similar but with darker red stems

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Primary Author: Dr. Laura Jull
Photos by: Dr. Laura Jull and Dr. Ed Hasselkus

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