Salix x fragilis ‘Basfordiana Farndon’

(alba x euxina)

fragilis = fragile (stems)

Basford and Farndon = towns in central England

Hybrid Crack Willow

This was selected for its yellow stems that turn orange in mid-summer and reddish by autumn. It makes an excellent display in winter. Great for coppicing and pollarding. There is a mystery about this: 'Basfordiana' was found in the town of Farndon and whether this is a legitimate name, I don't know. I haven't been able to find out anything about it from English growers. Hardy to Zone 3.


USES: As an ornamental tree or coppiced every year or two. Great for cutting for winter arrangements, indoors or out.


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