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Salix (Willow)

Salix purpurea 'Nana'

Salix purpurea 'Nana' - Dwarf Arctic Willow
Salix purpurea 'Nana'

Salix purpurea 'Nana' - Dwarf Arctic Willow, Dwarf Purple Osier

aka S. purpurea gracilis

Dwarf purple osier is small enough to include in a low-maintenance border in the garden. Very compact and refined, easily shaped by pruning, the design potential of this willow is endless. Very useful in colder climates for hedging, medieval herb gardens or for topiary in smaller areas. Sways beautifully in a breeze. Ornamental.

There are two ways to grow this plant - pruned or left to grow to its natural form. Read our page about pruning willows to find out more about coppicing and the resulting different plant form with an emphasis on colorful stems for winter interest. Also suitable for fine basketry when coppiced.

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

Description: small shrub; 1.5-2.2 m (5-7'); small yellow leaves in autumn; maroon new growth; a multitude of delicate branches make an interesting addition to the winter landscape

Ideal conditions: full sun to part shade; thrives in poor soil; moderately drought tolerant; can be pruned for formal hedges or topiary

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

Pronunciation: Salix (SA-liks) purpurea (per-PU-ree-a)


Comparison of willow stems and leaves

Lists of various willow uses