About This Plant

Salix chermesina, commonly known as the red willow or scarlet willow, is a deciduous shrub native to Europe and parts of Asia. It is named for its vibrant red or scarlet stems and branches, which make it a visually striking plant, especially during the winter months when its leaves have fallen. Scarlet willows are often planted for ornamental purposes in gardens and landscapes due to their attractive appearance.

The Story


The leaves are lance-shaped with serrated edges, featuring a lustrous green colour on the upper surface and a paler green hue on the underside. The leaves are typically arranged alternately along the stems. One of the most striking features of Salix chermesina leaves is their brilliant red to orange-red colour in the autumn.


Salix chermesina produces distinctive catkins as its fruiting structures. These catkins, which are elongated clusters of small flowers, appear in early spring before the emergence of leaves. The male catkins are particularly striking, displaying a vibrant red colour that gives the tree its common name. The female catkins, which contain the developing seeds, are generally less conspicuous and have a greenish hue.
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