Salix alba 'Britzenis' (Scarlet Willow) - 9L Pot
This hardy plant will brighten up your garden in all seasons. In spring, the yellow flowers give a delicate colour, but the tree really comes alive in autumn and winter, where the red and orange stems make a fantastic contrast to dull winter garden foliage. Easy to care for and rewardingly beautiful, let the Scarlet Willow bring colour and cheer to your garden.
- Flower Colour: yellow
- Foliage Colour: green in spring/summer
- Stem Colour: orange/red in autumn/winter
- Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
- Approx. Height on Arrival: 130-150cm
- Tree is approx 2 years old with a 4 year old rootstock
- Approx. Growth Height: 12m
- Flowering Period: spring
- Growing Habit: bushy
- Hardiness: hardy
- Exposure: sheltered, exposed
- Rate of Growth: reaches max. height in 20-50 years
- Scented: no
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
- Soil Requirements: acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loam, sand
- Moisture: moist but well-drained, well-drained
Q:Does Height Really Matter?
A: Not As Much As You Might Think...
One stand out specification that customers often use to judge the value of a tree is the height. So should height directly correlate with the price of a tree? No, not necessarily.
To an extent the height of a tree can give you a good indication of its maturity but you must not forget: To grow a productive, well shaped, healthy tree you must prune it back regularly, especially when young.
Our trees often grow up to 2m in the fields before we prune them back and package them ready to send out. This pruning encourages the tree to grow more, stronger branches and ensures there is a good balance between the root size and top growth. This ensures that your tree puts energy into establishing a healthy root base instead of supporting top growth, providing a better foundation for your tree in the future.
So, in summary: Don’t let the extra 10/20cm you may find elsewhere sway you. You are likely to be paying extra for the delivery costs and, if you want a healthy tree in the long run, you’re going to have to chop it off anyway!
Caring and Maintenance
Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or hardwood cuttings in winter. Water young trees regularly until roots are well-established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertiliser in spring in order to promote healthy growth. Optionally, mulch in spring.
- Planting Distance: 8.5m minimum
Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with any pH, in a sheltered, full sun location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established.
This is an example of our polypot - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season.