Colorful Willows and Dogwoods for Winter

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, February 5 - 18, 2018
Roy Farrow
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum,
February 5 – 18, 2018

1)  Salix  ‘Swizzlestick’                   Corkscrew Willow

  • Thrives in wet locations and is salt tolerant.
  • Orange-yellow young twigs that have a corkscrew growth pattern
  • Cut back hard in spring to promote attractive new branches.

2)  Cornus sericea  ‘Flaviramea’ Yellow Twig Dogwood

  • Medium to large, deciduous shrub
  • Bright yellow-green young twigs easily grown in medium-to-wet soils in full sun or part shade.
  • Species native to North America (excluding lower mid-west and deep south)

3)  Salix alba  ‘Britzensis’             Coral Bark Willow

  • Fast growing to 80 feet tall, but may be coppiced each spring.
  • Bright golden-yellow young twigs easily grown in medium to wet soils in full sun.
  • Species native to Europe, central Asia and northern Africa

 

4)  Cornus sanguinea       ‘Midwinter Fire’                     Bloodtwig Dogwood

  • Medium-to-large deciduous shrub
  • Bright yellow and red young twigs easily grown in medium to wet well-drained soils in full sun or part shade.
  • Species native to North America (excluding lower mid-west and deep south)

5)  Salix gracilistyla  ‘Melanostachys’                     Black Pussy Willow

  • Male plants only
  • Black catkins with brick red anthers and striking frosted grey stems
  • Slow growing and upright in habit, but can grow to become a large shrub, 23 feet high.

Come visit these colorful twigs in the Witt Winter Garden!