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Salix alba 'Golden Ness' (Golden willow 'Golden Ness')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
12m
Max height
8m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Salix alba 'Golden Ness'

Other names

Golden willow 'Golden Ness', Salix alba var. vitellina 'Golden Ness'

Genus

Salix Salix

Variety or Cultivar

'Golden Ness' _ 'Golden Ness' is a vigorous, deciduous tree, often grown as an upright, bushy shrub, with golden-yellow juvenile shoots, narrowly lance-shaped, mid-green leaves, and insignificant yellow catkins blooming as the leaves emerge in spring.


Salix alba 'Golden Ness' is: Deciduous

Tree shape

Multi-stemmed palm or tree

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green, Yellow in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Sawflies Aphids , Caterpillars , Sawflies

Rust Rust

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1 or pollard every 3-4 years to maintain compact size and brightest stem colour.

Propagation methods

Semi-ripe cuttings, Hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Salix alba 'Golden Ness' (Golden willow 'Golden Ness') will reach a height of 12m and a spread of 8m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Wildlife, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in deep, moist soil in sun. Avoid shallow, chalky soils. If left unpruned, will grow as tall as 10m and shoots will not be brightly-colored.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive, Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Salix alba 'Golden Ness'

Other names

Golden willow 'Golden Ness', Salix alba var. vitellina 'Golden Ness'

Genus

Salix Salix

Variety or Cultivar

'Golden Ness' _ 'Golden Ness' is a vigorous, deciduous tree, often grown as an upright, bushy shrub, with golden-yellow juvenile shoots, narrowly lance-shaped, mid-green leaves, and insignificant yellow catkins blooming as the leaves emerge in spring.

Foliage

Deciduous

Tree shape

Multi-stemmed palm or tree


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green, Yellow in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Sawflies

Specific diseases

Rust

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1 or pollard every 3-4 years to maintain compact size and brightest stem colour.

Propagation methods

Semi-ripe cuttings, Hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Salix alba 'Golden Ness' (Golden willow 'Golden Ness') will reach a height of 12m and a spread of 8m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Wildlife, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in deep, moist soil in sun. Avoid shallow, chalky soils. If left unpruned, will grow as tall as 10m and shoots will not be brightly-colored.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive, Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Salix alba 'Golden Ness' (Golden willow 'Golden Ness')

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Agrilus fleischeri

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Pest of poplar; native to East Asia. Likely to be damaging if introduced to the UK. Protecting against the risk of entry via wood packaging material and other means remains a priority. A Europe-wide assessment would be helpful; to consider strengthened regulation.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Salix alba 'Golden Ness' (Golden willow 'Golden Ness')

Common pest name

Japanese swift moth

Scientific pest name

Endoclita excrescens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous moth pest whose larvae feed off a range of herbaceous and woody hosts. Native to East Asia where substantial impacts have been observed; and current import requirements do not fully mitigate the risk of introduction. A PRA will help to assess the level of risk more fully.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Salix alba 'Golden Ness' (Golden willow 'Golden Ness')

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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