Salix daphnoides (Violet Willow)
|Price £ each (ex. VAT)|
Bareroot from November to April
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The Violet Willow is a medium spreading tree which is usually coppiced for the colour of its young stems. The young shoots, which can grow up to 2.5m in a season, are purple, with a whitish powdery bloom in winter. This combined with masses of silvery Pussy Willow flowers in late winter, gives it exceptional interest in both the garden and the countryside.
Site and soil
Does best on deep moist, or even wet soils; avoid dry sites. Good in exposed and coastal locations. Tolerates low levels of oxygen in wet soil.
Height and spread
After 10 years: 8m x 3m
After 20 years: 10m x 5m
Leaf and bark
The leaves are oblong to 12cm toothed at the margins and dark green above, glaucous beneath. The young bark is smooth, purple with a white bloom in winter.
Flower, seed and fruit
The male and female catkins appear on separate trees in late winter as the familiar Pussy Willow. The females release the fluffy seeds in May.
Coppicing, woodland, barrier planting at watersides where there is public access, landscaping. Can also be used for living willow sculptures and fences. Planted to attract pollinating insects to orchards in spring.
The Violet Willow attracts a range of insects including bees, butterflies and moths.
Plants should be coppiced yearly in spring.