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Salix (Willow)

Salix rubens 'Hutchinsons Yellow'

Salix rubens 'Hutchinsons Yellow'
Salix rubens 'Hutchinsons Yellow'

Salix rubens 'Hutchinsons Yellow'

In addition to being used in fine basketry, 'Hutchinsons Yellow' is often grown purely for its ornamental qualities. For instance, the bright scarlet red bud scales against the rich yellow stems in early spring add a splash of colour to the landscape, especially when combined with red flowering tulips.

There are two ways to grow this plant - pruned or left to grow to its natural form. Read our page about pruning willows to find out more about coppicing and the resulting different plant form with an emphasis on colorful stems for winter interest.

Description: large shrub; 4-6 m (13-20'); rich yellow new growth; hardy and vigorous; ornamental

Ideal conditions: full sun to part shade; thrives with heavy watering; tolerates a wide range of soil types; prune for utility

Coldest zone: 3 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)


The main picture was taken in October and is of a group of three year old plants that are coppiced in the late winter every year.

For some gorgeous spring pictures of S. 'Hutchinsons Yellow' with the enormous catkins of S. chaenomeloides, please visit our blog.

Comparison of willow stems and leaves

Lists of various willow uses