Salix x fragilis f. vitellina ‘Hutchinson’s Yellow Bark’
Hutchinson's Yellow Bark Golden Willow
We discovered we had the name of this selection slightly wrong so we added "Bark" to the end of its name. Another great golden-yellow selection with vigorous orange-yellow stems. A male selection with brilliant yellow catkins! As you can see in the photo it has almost unbranched stems, making it very useful for basketry and other objet d’art. Hardy to Zone 3.
USES: As an ornamental shrub if coppiced every year or two. Can grow 8-10ft in one year after being coppiced.
Behind the rods in the photo at right is an area covered with 6mil black polyethylene into which I stick my cuttings. The poly keeps down the weeds and holds in the moisture, so if it's dry when you put the plastic down soak it first—never plant into dry ground.
These plants weren't coppiced in late winter, hence they are taller and more twiggy!
$14.50 per bundle of 5
Brightly colored one year stems are produced after coppicing. Late March.
Stems are shades of red and yellow in varied hues.
At right: higher up the stem so it received more sun, therefore redder. Mid-October
'Hutchinson's Yellow Bark' keeps its yellow trunk coloring longer that any other selection.
Dense, shiny green leaves on the upper surface and gray undersides of the leaves exposed by wind!
Typical Salix x fragilis foliage with finely serrated leaf-margins and each serration tipped with a gland. Late September.
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Our stock plants produced these brilliant yellow male catkins for the first time in mid-May 2020!
Worth the wait!