Salix alba 'Aurea'

White Willow

Plant Type:


Salix alba 'Aurea' - Brilliant yellow foliage in summer is contrasted with all the newest growth in peach-red upon red to tawny orange new stems. The bright yellow color holds well all through the summer. Honk and wowser! This form is even more beautiful than we had imagined. Relatively slow growing as compared to many other willows this will make a beautiful specimen with a broad, upright rounded form. Specimen, clipped hedge, hedgerow or backdrop for perennials in the larger garden this is one amazing plant. This is less easy to root than most other Salix alba, is best interred in spring (avoid summer planting) and will, therefore, be less easy to find in the trade... which is why you shop at Quackin' Grass... We hope! Species hales from Europe to central Asia; where 'Aurea' was selected we do not know.

Please scroll down to the Genus Overview for more information.


12-15 ft


8-12 ft


3 to 8(9)
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Characteristics and Attributes for Salix alba 'Aurea'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Winter / Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Late Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored


  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun


  • Accent
  • Basketry
  • Marginal
  • Hedge
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Moist
  • Average


  • Central Asia
  • Europe

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Salix

Common Name: Willow

Salix. These are the willows, a large genus of woody plants. Some willows are small shrubs, others grow into huge trees and there are many bushy species which fall in between. All prefer sun planted in fertile moisture retaining soils; some are tolerant of quite wet feet. Many have quite attractive lanceolate leaves with silvery undersides that flash in summer breezes… I have often thought of these as the “poor man’s bamboo”. Some have contorted and beautifully colored bark which shines in the winter landscape. Many sport beautiful winter/spring catkins. Nearly all willows have utilitarian applications in fencing, rods, basket making. All are very prune-able; in fact, any of the larger shrubs depending upon how you desire to employ them will respond well to pruning and coppicing. When coppiced those with beautifully colored winter stems display many more of them. And as with ornamental shrub dogwoods younger stems exhibit the best, most intense winter tones. All ornamental characteristics will be presented according to species/cultivar. All of the following offerings are established pot grown shrubs from a cutting. We may prune back all larger growing selections prior to shipping so that you will not incur the extra handling charge.