Salix Britzensis (Scarlet Willow)- Like the many other varieties of willow, the scarlet willow is suited to most soil types, especially deep moist soils and areas of poor drainage such as along river banks and heathland. The main distinguishing feature of the scarlet willow is its bright red/orange stems, which appear to glow, creating a sense of warmth during the winter months. To ensure continued growth of vibrantly coloured stems it is recommended that the scarlet willow is pruned at least every 2 years.
Fruit: Female catkins open when ripe to release lots of white cottony hairs that carry the seeds.
Timber: The timber is soft, light and white in colour. It can be used to make matches and paper pulp.
Soil Types/Habitat: It will grow in most soil types but grows best in full sun and close to water sources. Its extensive root system helps to prevent soil erosion.