The Golden Willow (Salix alba Vitellina) is so named because of the golden-yellow color of new-grown
stems. It can be grown as a shrub and cut back every year. It can be grown as a tree and pollarded, which means that the stems
are cut back every year close to the trunk so that every year there is a new, showy growth of the golden-yellow stems. It
can also be left to grow as a tree with a large, spreading, round crown.
The strong, flexible stems from this
tree are frequently used for various basketry applications.
In addition to being ornamental, the Golden Willow
can be used as a screen or for erosion control along streams or ponds or grouped in moist areas.
Keep moist until established. Then it is adaptable and hardy.
Full Sun to Partial Sun
Prefers an average, medium-to-wet soil.
2 - 9 See ArborDay.org map chart below.
Grayish-white, inconspicuous, not showy
Green with silvery underside
Fall Foliage Color:
6 - 70 feet
6 - 50 feet
Low-branching, rounded-crown outline. New growth stems produce the bright golden-yellow color.
Sometimes grown as a shrub and cut back heavily each year. Sometimes grown as a tree and pollarded, meaning the branches
are cut back to the trunk to allow dense growth of new stems in the bright golden-yellow color.