Salix alba var vitellina ‘Flanders Red’
Flanders Red Willow
A selection possibly made in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking area of northern Belgium. ‘Flanders Red’ has new foliage flushed red and egg-yolk yellow stems that turn red late in the summer and stay that way all winter, so it’s red in a couple of colorful ways. This is a female selection with slender green catkins 2-3in long.Can grow into a large tree, but best if coppiced regularly to keep its colorful ways forever young.
Hardy to Zone 3.
USES: Like all alba selections this is great for long rods for making heavy duty baskets and living structures.
Brilliant red young foliage that quickly turns green.
Brilliant orange-red stems in winter make a colorful display in the nursery.
In summer the leaves shade the stems and often turn greenish-yellow,
especially on the side away from the sun. When the leaves fall in autumn
the stems turn redder, so by late winter they really dazzle!
Green female catkins on short stems are typical
of S. euxina x S. alba hybrids
of Michael Dodge