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Salix (Willow) Stems at Bluestem Nursery

Salix (Willow)

Salix irrorata

Salix irrorata - Bluestem Willow, Sandbar Willow
Salix irrorata
Bluestem Willow, Sandbar Willow


Salix irrorata - Bluestem or Sandbar Willow

Fast growing. Particularly ornamental in fall and snowless winter climates, when the stems look a lavender color. Also effective in snowy climes when backdropped by evergreens. North American native. Ornamental.

The picture with green leaves was taken on Oct 21 and is of a group of plugs that was planted in the spring. The other picture shows the 2 year old plugs after having been coppiced in the spring.

Description: large shrub; up to 6 m (20'); upright and dense; new growth is reddish-brown, taking on a lavender/white bloom later in the season; leaves are glossy green and grey underneath

Conditions: full sun to part shade; moist to wet soils

Coldest zone: 4 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)


Comparison of willow stems and leaves

Lists of various willow uses