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Salix (Willow) Stems at Bluestem Nursery

Salix (Willow)

Salix purpurea #187

Salix purpurea #187
Salix purpurea #187

Salix purpurea #187

To grow the finer canes suitable for basketry, prune to the ground each season. The growth that follows will be straight 2 m, deep green rods without any lateral branches. Left unpruned, it will quickly produce the heavier wood needed for furniture as well.

According to Christopher Newsholme in the book Willow: The Genus Salix, Salix purpurea is bitter and unpalatable to livestock and rabbits.

Description: large shrub; 4-6 m (13-20'); deep green new growth; vigorous and stocky; grows without branching

Conditions: full sun to part shade; moist or well watered soil; tolerates a wide range of soils

Coldest zone: 3 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

This picture was taken in October and is of a group of two year old plants that are coppiced in the late winter every year.

Comparison of willow stems and leaves

Lists of various willow uses