A colorful willow shrub for winter(Read article summary)
A shrubby willow that glows red-orange in the winter landscape.
As we drove in, I saw this orange-coral-golden beauty and thought it was the shrubby dogwood ‘Midwinter Fire’.
I love the color of this plant in the winter landscape, but in Virginia it suffers from leaf spot during the summer. So placement is important – back of the border where other tall perennials will shield it from my view during its awkward period.
I was wrong about the Tower Hill plant, though.
It was a willow – Salix alba ‘Britzensis. What a beauty! In the winter light it glowed. [See first photo at left.]
Other unusual willows
I have grown a couple of other willows:
- The poodle-like Salix babylonica ‘Crispa’ – a weeping willow in all respects except that the leaves are tight curls.
- The amazingly weird Salix sachaliensis ‘Sekka’, a deformed willow that has a fasciating virus that causes the branches to widen and curl (beloved by flower arrangers). [See second photo at left.]
- And let’s not forget the ghost willow, Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’, so beautiful in spring with pink and white foliage.
I know they must all be pruned heavily to remain beautiful and not take over the landscape.