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Salix alba var. vitellina 'Yelverton' (Golden willow 'Yelverton' )

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
20m
Max height
13m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Salix alba var. vitellina 'Yelverton'

Other names

Golden willow 'Yelverton' , Golden osier 'Yelverton' , Salix alba subsp. vitellina 'Yelverton' , Salix alba 'Chermesina Yelverton' , Salix alba 'Yelverton' , Salix 'Yelverton'

Genus

Salix Salix

Variety or Cultivar

'Yelverton' _ 'Yelverton' is a vigorous, deciduous tree, often grown as a shrub, with red-flushed, yellow-orange juvenile shoots, narrowly lance-shaped, mid-green leaves, insignificant yellow catkins blooming as the leaves emerge in spring.


Salix alba var. vitellina 'Yelverton' is: Deciduous

Tree shape

Multi-stemmed palm or tree

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer

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

Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Salix alba var. vitellina 'Yelverton' (Golden willow 'Yelverton' ) will reach a height of 20m and a spread of 13m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in deep, moist but well-drained soil in sun. Avoid shallow, chalky soils.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

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 var. vitellina 'Yelverton'

Other names

Golden willow 'Yelverton' , Golden osier 'Yelverton' , Salix alba subsp. vitellina 'Yelverton' , Salix alba 'Chermesina Yelverton' , Salix alba 'Yelverton' , Salix 'Yelverton'

Genus

Salix Salix

Variety or Cultivar

'Yelverton' _ 'Yelverton' is a vigorous, deciduous tree, often grown as a shrub, with red-flushed, yellow-orange juvenile shoots, narrowly lance-shaped, mid-green leaves, insignificant yellow catkins blooming as the leaves emerge in spring.

Foliage

Deciduous

Tree shape

Multi-stemmed palm or tree

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer


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

Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Salix alba var. vitellina 'Yelverton' (Golden willow 'Yelverton' ) will reach a height of 20m and a spread of 13m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in deep, moist but well-drained soil in sun. Avoid shallow, chalky soils.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

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 var. vitellina 'Yelverton' (Golden willow 'Yelverton' )

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 var. vitellina 'Yelverton' (Golden willow 'Yelverton' )

Common pest name

Asian longhorn beetle; Starry sky beetle

Scientific pest name

Anoplophora glabripennis

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

Recognised threat to a wide range of deciduous tress native to the UK. Already regulated it is a priority for continued surveillance and statutory action. The risk of entry is further mitigated by EU legislation requiring the monitoring of wooden packaging material originating from China.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Salix alba var. vitellina 'Yelverton' (Golden willow 'Yelverton' )

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.

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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