Salix x fragilis ‘Rouge Ardennais’
fragilis = fragile (stems)
(alba var. vitellina x S. euxina)
Rouge = red
Ardennais derives from Ardennes, a region in NE France, next to Belgium
Another hybrid in this group, but unique in that the young branches start red and turn to orange, then yellow as they mature. As you can see the tips of young branches remain red during winter. This may be the variety 'Cardinalis', but more research is needed.
USES: large ornamental tree; if coppiced it provides lots of stems for cutting; great winter color for the garden, container or vase; good for basketry and dried stems turn orange.
This is a row of ‘Rouge Ardennais’ in the nursery.
It makes a great hedge, don’t you think?
Young tips that start red and older stems turn yellow.
Here is a row in the nursery in March 2013. This would make a very colorful hedge in winter, don't you think?
The Wonderful World of Willows
Vermont Willow Nursery
$12.50 per bundle of 5
Typical S. xfragilis leaves shown against 1/4in squares for scale.
Red and yellow winter stems of 'Rouge Ardennais' makes for a colorful display.