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A colorful willow shrub for winter

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Recently I had a chance to visit a friend in Massachusetts. One afternoon we visited one of our favorites, the Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

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:

I know they must all be pruned heavily to remain beautiful and not take over the landscape.

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