Living Willow from Willows Nursery

Willow Varieties
 

Please Note : Living willow orders are only available
for delivery and planting from late November to late February.

You can, however, place an order from September ready for the new season.

Please email anne@willowsnursery.co.uk if you would like
to be notified when our online shop re-opens.

Please Note : Living willow orders are only available
for delivery and planting from late November to late February.

You can, however, place an order from September ready for the new season.

Please email anne@willowsnursery.co.uk if you would like
to be notified when our online shop re-opens.

There are a vast number of different varieties of willow which are grown for many different
uses – windbreaks, willow structures, weaving, winter colour and catkins to name a few. 

We have the following willow varieties for sale

All are available in bundles of 10 x short (10″/25cm long) cuttings of the same variety.

Short cuttings are sent by First Class Post or Hermes – at a cost of £4.00 per order.

You can place an order securely in our Online Shop.

Salix Viminalis ‘Bowles Hybrid’ is also available as long whips.
Please visit our Other Willow Prices and Living Willow Kit Prices pages for details.

Salix Viminalis “Bowles Hybrid” 
One of the most vigorous and hardy varieties of willow commonly available. Because of its fast rate of growth (up to 10 feet or more in one year – including the first year!) it makes an excellent windbreak, and it tolerates wet, heavy soils and extreme conditions, such as cold winds on exposed sites or salty winds on the coast. Growth can be cut back each winter, providing heavy weaving material, or rods for living willow structures, and encouraging denser fresh growth, or left to grow taller and thicker which can be cut in later years for logs.
REF W777

 

Salix Triandra (Almond leaved willow)
This species forms a bush or small tree and prefers slightly less harsh conditions to Salix Viminalis, although is still very vigorous providing at least 6 ft of fresh growth each year. Good straight rods of growth make this form of Willow very popular for basket making.
We offer three varieties of Triandra :-

Salix Triandra “Black Maul” Strong growth, brown stems.
REF W778  

Salix Triandra “Norfolk” Strong growth, very dark brown stems.
REF W779

Salix Triandra “Petite Grisette” Strong growth, green stems.
REF W780

 

Salix Purpurea (Purple Willow)
Named for the colourful catkins. Generally a little smaller and slightly less vigorous than the above varieties, but the more colourful and more slender elegant stems will more than make up for this if you have a more sheltered location. Long, narrow, blue/green leaves and 4 to 6 ft of fresh stem growth each year. Need to cut back regularly to obtain the coloured fresh growth, which is ideal for fine rods for basket making. We offer three varieties of Purpurea :-

Salix Purpurea “Eugenii” Very slender green stems.
REF W781

Salix Purpurea “Lambertiana” Lime Green stems.
REF W782  

Salix Purpurea “Abbeys” Orange/Red stems.
REF W783

A selection of willow cuttings prepared ready to send out.

Salix Candida (American hoary-leaved willow or sage leaf willow)
A very attractive more ‘shrubby’ willow with thicker stems, growing 4 to 5 ft per year in sheltered locations.  It has large “furry” grey-green leaves, with plump yellow catkins in the Spring.  Whilst ornamental in the garden, it is not a variety generally used for weaving, but can be used for decorative cut stems as well as additions to weaving projects. 
REF W784 

Salix Candida catkins at Willows Nursery
Salix Candida (American hoary-leaved willow or sage leaf willow) W784

Salix Matsudana ‘Tortuosa’ (Corkscrew, Contorted or Dragons Claw Willow)
An initially slower-growing, but stunning form of willow, with curling/twisting stem growth making a wonderful specimen tree.  Its growth is more vigorous once the plant is established, but regular pruning can be used to maintain a more compact size if preferred and this also encourages the extra “curly” younger growth.  It has glossy, green, slightly curled, narrow leaves which are retained much later than the other forms of willow we have and which come again very early in the spring.
REF W785

Salix Matsudana ‘Tortuosa’ (Corkscrew or Dragons Claw Willow)
Salix Matsudana ‘Tortuosa’ (Corkscrew or Dragons Claw Willow) W785


Salix Burjatica ‘Germany’
 
A fairly vigorous variety originally grown for bio-mass/fuel with slightly ‘furry’ stems that can grow up to 9 ft long in one year. It has quite large (but not ‘showy’ like Candida and Daphnoides Aglaia) catkins in late winter.
Ref  W786

Salix Burjatica ‘Germany’ catkins at Willows Nursery
Salix Burjatica 'Germany' W786

Coloured Willow Varieties :

Salix Alba Vitellina (Golden Willow) The slender whips are popular for basketmaking, but most widely grown for the bright yellow stem colour for winter interest. They should be cut back annually in the spring to obtain the brightly coloured fresh growth. Usually the new stem growth will reach at least 6 ft long in one season.
REF W787

Salix Alba Britzensis (Coral Bark Willow)
Mainly grown for the bright orangey/red stem colour as winter interest. They should be cut back annually in the spring to obtain the brightly coloured fresh growth. Usually the new stem growth will reach at least 6 ft long in one season.
REF W788

Salix Daphnoides Aglaia (Violet Willow) 
Mainly grown for the deep purple stem colour for winter interest and the large abundant silver catkins in late winter/early spring. Commonly used to attract pollinating insects to orchards. They should be cut back annually in the spring to obtain the brightly coloured fresh growth. The new stem growth can reach 9 ft long in one season.
REF W789

Salix Fragilis (Crack Willow) 
Two-tone olive-green to yellow/orange stems. Cut back annually in the spring to obtain the brighter coloured fresh growth. Usually the new stem growth will reach at least 6 ft long in one season.
REF W790

 

Salix Alba Vitellina and Salix alba Britzensis at Willows Nursery

Salix Alba Vitellina (Yellow) & Salix Alba Britzensis (Red) growing at Willows Nursery.

Salix Daphnoides Aglaia (Violet Willow) Mainly grown for the deep purple stem colour for winter interest and the large abundant silver catkins in late winter/early spring.

Salix Daphnoides Aglaia (Purple)

Examples of short willow cuttings of Salix Daphnoides Aglaia (Purple), Salix Alba Vitellina (Yellow), Salix Fragilis (Olive) and Salix Alba Britzensis (Red) and

Short willow cuttings are sold in 10’s of the same variety.

Salix Daphnoides Aglaia catkins at Willows Nursery. A good sauce of pollen for early bees.

Salix Daphnoides Aglaia catkins

A good source of early pollen for bees and other insects.

All willow varieties are available in bundles of 10 x short (10″/25cm long) cuttings of the same variety.

They are sent by First Class Post – at a cost of £4.00 per order.

Salix Viminalis ‘Bowles Hybrid’ is also available as long whips.
Please visit our Other Willow Prices and Living Willow Kit Prices  pages for details.

 

You can place an order securely in our Online Shop
or you can telephone us on 01536 791371
or email us to anne@willowsnursery.co.uk