Willows are generally fast-growing trees which thrive in a damp. Plant from October to March. The best garden willows are:
Salix alba (white willow), 15 to 80 ft., an attractive native tree; makes a large specimen but can be severely pollarded.
S. vitellina britzensis, grown for its remarkable bright red young shoots, which are very conspicuous in winter. Prune hard each year to keep it low and to produce the best colour on the new growths, or pollard when it is full grown.
S. v. pendula (a weeping willow), 65 ft., looks at its best beside a pool.