alba vitellina - Golden
Here are two pictures of Salix alba vitellina, Yellow
Willow showing the growth to July.
Picture of Salix alba vitellina in June
Close up picture of Salix alba
vitellina in March
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Golden willow is a tall graceful tree which generally
grows to between 10 and 25 m tall, though occasionally they will
top 30m. The trunk is usually well developed with the principal
boughs and branches ascending at a sharp angle to form a pointed
or truncated crown, or a number of pointed turrets.
The bark is deeply fissured and greyish-brown in colour. The year
old twigs of Salix alba vitellina are its most distinguishing
characteristics as they are bright yellow or orange making them
very conspicuous in the winter months. Leaves are similar to those
of Salix alba being lanceolate-acuminate and between 5 and
10 cm long and about 1cm wide though they are more glabrescent and
the upper surface of the lamina soon becomes bright lustrous green.
Male and female catkins appear in late April
and early May and can be differentiated from those of Salix alba
as they have longer catkin-scale and more thinly pubescent.
Salix alba vitellina is not considered
native even though it is well established across Britain and Ireland.
It is commonly seen around Osier (Salix viminalis) grounds
and was once principally used for basket making, though its chief
value nowadays is as an ornamental. Apart from Salix babylonica
hybrids, it is probably the most popular willow in gardens.
It is heavily pruned each year to produce long, bright barked growth
for winter colour.