Coral Bark Willow - New For 2021!

Salix alba 'Britzensis'

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Coral Bark Willow (Salix alba 'Britzensis') at Cal's Market & Garden Center

Coral Bark Willow

Coral Bark Willow

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Coral Bark Willow (Salix alba 'Britzensis') at Cal's Market & Garden Center

Coral Bark Willow foliage

Coral Bark Willow foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2a


A spectacular small conical tree in winter when it shows its brilliant tomato-coral-red stems; one-year old growth has best color, may be pruned annually for best results; tends to drop branchlets, aggressive root system, so do not plant near homes

Ornamental Features

Coral Bark Willow has green foliage throughout the season. The glossy narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The furrowed brown bark and tomato-orange branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Coral Bark Willow is a dense deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a high maintenance tree that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Coral Bark Willow is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Windbreaks and Shelterbelts

Planting & Growing

Coral Bark Willow will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade  Screening  Windbreak 
Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features