This Scarlet Willow (Salix alba 'Britzensis') aka Salix Alba Chermesina, is renowned for its young shoots which are an attractive brilliant orange-scarlet colour, which are especially attractive in winter if given a good pruning every alternate year. Its leaves are a classic willow shape and a grey-green colour. Catkins appear during May. If left to grow, this tree can reach a height of 20m ( 66ft 8in).
As you can see from the product title, about the only thing the Scarlet Willow is not suitable for is being chairman of the UN although it could be argued that willow trees move faster than they do.
The Scarlet Willow aka Chermesina or Britzensis has the Award Of Garden Merit as issued by the Royal Horticultural Society. No news stories of corruption or bribery have been in the news about this, so we are fairly confident that this particular Willow tree has won that award fairly. We don't know if there was a red carpet ceremony or acceptance speech given by the Chief Scarlet Willow tree or its representative so we have no idea how they feel about it but we can be reasonably sure its performance was a little wooden, instructions were barked out, they wanted to branch out into other things and eager to find their roots.
Scarlet Willow is listed as being able to tolerate hard pruning without causing any damage to the tree. This usually has the effect of promoting new growth so this would be a great Willow tree to buy someone who has more genocidal than green fingers.
Our Scarlet Willow trees are also suitable for coastal positions and by that we do not mean Chairman of the RNLI or Lighthouse keepers. It means you can plant it CLOSE to the coast without severe problems. This does not mean in a rock pool, sand dune or submarine window box.
As Scarlet Willows are coast tolerant, this also means they will tolerate open and exposed positions elsewhere in the UK. Not open and exposed as in rear closing hospital gowns but those locations where there is wind, driving rain etc. Places where wind literally rips trees from the ground and deposits them in places where they speak a different language are known as deadly, not exposed. We offer no guarantee for those places.
Should you have a damp site e.g. river bank, occasionally flooded site then the Scarlet Willow will be a good choice. Using a Scarlet Willow as a bathing or showering companion is considered more than a damp site so will not do very well under these conditions.
Considered to be chalk and clay tolerant so day trips to pottery class and exposure to heartburn relief tablets are no problem.
The catalogue lists Scarlet Willow as having interesting bark but this may take a few years to show. They are a bit like your grandparents in that they started off smooth and shiny but then turned into a different colour and no amount of ironing would make them smooth again. Interest is a subjective quality so no refunds are given because you became bored looking at your Scarlet Willow tree.
Scarlet Willow are a fast growing tree as most willows are. Growth rates are in the 30-100cm a year range which is dependant on location and conditions.
Our Scarlet Willow Trees are supplied at a height of between 1.5m and 2.40m in a container for year round planting and better results than from bare-root or rootballed stock.
Scarlet Willow Sizing Options
120-180cm 2-3 years old, 7-12L container and pruned to be a Half Standard i.e Lollipop shape
180-220cm 2-3 years old, 10-15L container and pruned to be a Half Standard i.e Lollipop shape
Multi-Stem 2-3 years old, 7-15L container. Has several branches/main stems that start low to ground i.e. bush shape.
As you can see, the options we have are fundamentally the same Scarlet Willow tree but the tallest and most vigorous ones have been graded out so that we can charge you more for them! We have no idea if the more vigorous ones at this age are going to carry on being more vigorous and possibly bushier or taller when they mature.
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Multiple Order Discount
Orders over £300 can be discounted by contacting us on 0800 043 1057
Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Early Autumn Leaf Fall
Heat stress, being potted, lack of water, being boxed up for a few days etc can cause early Autumn leaf fall. Once planted, normal service will resume next season.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
UK Grown Ornamental Trees
All our trees are banned from overseas travel so that we can state they are all UK grown. We have removed Internet access from the nursery so they cannot book any flights.
Warm and wet conditions from Climate Change have increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy.