Salix alba 'Vitellina' (Golden Willow)

Golden Willow


Bareroot from November to April

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Non-trade pricing

Price £ each (ex. VAT)
Height Age 1+ 25+ 100+ 500+ 1000+
60-80cm 0+1 0.84 0.54 0.48 0.46 0.42

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Delivery to UK mainland is included for stock orders over £750 + VAT (subject to postcode surcharges). For full details on delivery, please view our delivery page.


The Golden Willow, a variant of the White Willow can potentially make a tall tree, but it is more often coppiced as a multi-stemmed shrub for its colourful stems. The young stems are bright golden yellow and they make a strong statement in the winter landscape. Especially good near water, where it does best, and where its impact is doubled by the reflection.

Site and soil

Will cope with most soils except those which are very dry, but does best on damp soils. Good in exposed and coastal locations, but needs sun or semi-shade.

Height and spread

After 10 years 10 x 30m
After 20 years 10 x 30m

Leaf and bark

The leaves are lance-shaped, grey-green to 10cm. Young shoots are smooth and bright yellow, bark on older wood is grey-brown and fissured.

Flower, seed and fruit

Golden Willow is dioecious. Green male and female catkins are borne on separate trees in early spring. The female catkins release fluffy seeds in May. When bought in quantity there is a good chance both sexes will be represented.


Landscaping, gardens, screens, barrier planting along watersides where there is public access, coastal planting, coppicing, pollarding. The Golden Willow can also be used for basket making, living willow sculptures and fencing.


The flowers provide food for insects in spring, and the coppiced stems provide shelter and cover for birds and small mammals.


Pollarding and coppicing should be carried out in early spring every 1-2 years.