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Salix (Willow) Stems at Bluestem Nursery

Salix (Willow)

Salix purpurea 'Green Dicks'

Salix purpurea 'Green Dicks'
Salix purpurea 'Green Dicks'

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

Ideal conditions: 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.

Comparison of willow stems and leaves

Lists of various willow uses