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The Violet Willow, Salix daphnoides, is a medium sized, fast growing deciduous waterside tree that has lustrous violet young shoots. These are dusted in a fine, fluffy powder that disperses like smoke if the tree is shaken by wind in dry weather.
Violet Willow is not suitable for a clipped hedge.
It can be grown as a screening tree up to about 20 metres high. It is a decent windbreak tree.
The plants on this page are young saplings. You can also buy ornamental Violet Willow trees here.
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Violet Willow plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
All of our young trees and shrubs are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
General description of Salix daphnoides plants:
Pussy Willow is an informal term for those willows that have very fluffy, silver grey young catkins. The Violet willow is one of the more interesting, as the catkins appear when the young, brightly coloured wood is still bare. The catkins on the male tree becomes dusted with yellow as they ripen and the females turn a less showy green colour. Like other willows, the female flowers ripen and release lots of little airborne seeds - these require very moist, bare soil to have a chance of growing, so present no hassle to most gardens.
The Violet Willow is a European native, widely found in a belt between Greece and the Baltic Sea. It can't really be said to have naturalised in Britain, as surveys rarely find it outside of gardens and managed woodland. Despite that, it is a perfect source of early spring nectar and pollen for bees and some of the moth caterpillars that feed on our native willows will be happy munching on Salix daphnoides as well.