Salix x fragilis ‘Basfordiana Farndon’
(alba x euxina)
fragilis = fragile (stems)
Basford and Farndon = towns in central England
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.
The Wonderful World of Willows
Vermont Willow Nursery
sorry, no longer
available as it is too similar and inferior to other varieties