Purple Willow

Key Data
Shade Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas
Soil Wet
Type Hedging
Also Good Autumn Colour

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  NUMBER OF PLANTS
SIZES 1-9 10-4950-249250-9991000+
60/80 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £2.35Out of Stock £1.58Out of Stock £1.15Out of Stock £0.95Out of Stock £0.83

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£1.76

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Salix Purpurea Hedging

Purple Willow, Salix purpurea, also called Purple Osier, is more of a large, bushy shrub than a small tree. Salix purpurea has magnificent, striking purple young shoots, which provide ornamental value in winter both on the plant and when cut and brought indoors. The catkins are less showy than on some other willows as they appear around the same time as the leaves open so they tend to be somewhat hidden. But the bark is a glory. To produce the best colour, the plant shoudl be coppiced on atwo yearly cycle with half being cut to the ground each spring. This way you will always have heightto the plant and a good amount of young growth.

See our selection of willow hedging plants or view our full range of hedging.


Salix purpurea plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March). All our  plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).

History & uses of Salix purpurea: Being a small, very vigorous willow, this is one of the favoured types for supplying withies - stems of various sizes for making wicker objects. Osier is an old name for both the withy and the plant. Willows have shallow, wide ranging roots and are great for preserving river banks and other loose soil. 

All willows are excellent for bees, butterflies and moths.

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