Salix fragilis 'Belgium Red' - Red
Note: A word of caution when planting
this species. Do NOT place 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).
Salix fragilis does become a large
tree but by controlling the growth (coppicing),
Belgium Red is an good choice for basketry,
yielding a beautiful deep red stem colour for
the winter garden.
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.
Description: large tree; 15-20 m (50-60');
saturated red new growth; vigorous and hardy
Ideal conditions: full sun to part shade;
natural habitat is along river banks; tolerates a wide range
of soils; prune for utility
Coldest zone: 3 (find your
zone; further info on plant hardiness)
The leafy picture was taken in October and is
of a group of two year old plants that are coppiced
in the late winter every year.