Living Willow from Willows NurseryWillow Varieties
Please Note : Living willow orders are only available
for delivery and planting from late November to late February.
You can, however, place your order throughout the year.
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 – at a cost of £4.00 per order.
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.
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.
Salix Triandra “Norfolk” Strong growth, very dark brown stems.
Salix Triandra “Petite Grisette” Strong growth, green stems.
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.
Salix Purpurea “Lambertiana” Lime Green stems.
Salix Purpurea “Abbeys” Orange/Red stems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Salix Fragilis (Olive coloured stems), Salix Alba Vitellina (Yellow), Salix Alba Britzensis (Red) and Salix Daphnoides Aglaia (Purple)
We only offer these varieties as short cuttings as their
growth is a ‘bit too branchy’ to sell as long whips.
A 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.
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.