Salix purpurea 'Green Dicks'
This is a small and slender shrub suitable for
fine baskets. Coppicing will
enable it to be used in a border where the many
fine branches can serve as an anchor. After the
leaves drop off in the autumn, the stems intensify
to a very bright green colour.
According to Christopher Newsholme in the book
Willow: The Genus Salix, Salix purpurea is
bitter and unpalatable to livestock and rabbits.
Description: medium shrub; 2-5
m (6-16'); bright olive green new growth; vigorous,
especially with an annual pruning
full sun to part shade;
thrives with regular deep watering; tolerates a wide range
of soil types; prune for utility
Coldest zone: 3 (find your
zone; further info on plant hardiness)
This picture was taken in October and is of a
group of two year old plants that are coppiced
in the late winter every year.