These plants weren't coppiced in late winter, hence they are taller and more twiggy!
Salix alba var vitellina ‘Hutchinson’s Yellow Bark’
Hutchinson's Yellow Bark Golden Willow
Another great golden-yellow selection with vigorous orangey-yellow stems. As you can see in the photo it has almost unbranched stems, making it very useful for basketry and other objet d’art. Hardy to Zone 3.
USES: As an ornamental shrub if coppiced every year or two. Can grow 8-10ft in one year after being coppiced.
Behind the rods in the photo at right is an area covered with 6mil black polyethylene into which I stick my cuttings. The poly keeps down the weeds and holds in the moisture, so if it's dry when you put the plastic down soak it first—never plant into dry ground.
Brightly colored one year stems are produced after coppicing. Late March.
Stems are shades of red and yellow in varied hues.
At right: higher up the stem so it received more sun, therefore redder. Mid-October
'Hutchinson's Yellow Bark' keeps its yellow trunk coloring longer that any other selection.
Dense, shiny green leaves on the upper surface and gray undersides of the leaves exposed by wind!
Typical Salix x fragilis foliage with finely serrated leaf-margins and each serration tipped with a gland. Late September.
of Michael Dodge