Salix alba 'Vitellina'
'Vitellina' is not found in the wild, however,
it has been cultivated since Roman times and is
still widely used today. The strong flexible rods
are excellent for basketry, but
most outstanding is the rich egg-yolk coloured
stems providing winter color.
2 m (6') long stems with very little branching.
Note: A word of caution when planting
this species. It will become a very large tree.
Do NOT place it close to drainage pipes or septic
systems and keep it far away from any buildings.
It has far-reaching adventurous roots and is not
suited to residential lots unless it is pruned
to the ground each year (coppiced).
Common name: Golden willow
Description: large tree; 20
m (65'); rich yellow or orange new growth; strong
Conditions: full sun to part
shade; thrives in wet conditions; grows in a wide
range of soil types; prune for utility
Coldest zone: 3 (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Highly ornamental. There are
two ways to grow this plant - pruned or left to
grow to its natural form. Read our page about
to find out more about coppicing and the resulting
different plant form with an emphasis on colorful
stems for winter interest.
The main picture was taken in October and is
of a group of two year old plants that are coppiced
in the late winter every year.
Comparison of willow
stems and leaves
Lists of various willow
of a full grown tree.
Visit the USDA
website to see a map of the distribution of
Salix alba in the USA. You may then click on the
individual states to see the counties where S.
alba has been found.
From this we are able to deduce that the variety
S. alba 'Vitellina' and the other Salix albas
should grow well in probably every State in the
continental US, provided you can give it the moist
conditions that it requires.