Salix purpurea 'Streamco'
Not suited for hot dry climates unless moist
soil is provided. Basketmakers
will immediately recognize this willow for its
potential, as it naturally grows long flexible
canes without much lateral branching. Dormant
rods are excellent for wattle fences.
Those involved in reclamation
might also recognize this willow as the best introduction
by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Ideal for erosion
The density of stems of 'Streamco' willow makes
it useful for creating a living snow fence. In
its second winter it will begin to trap snow and
will do a very good job in its third to fourth
According to Christopher Newsholme in the book
Willow: The Genus Salix, Salix purpurea is
bitter and unpalatable to livestock and rabbits.
Description: medium shrub; 4-5
metres (13-16') tall; stems are purplish; leaves
are narrow and grey-green
Conditions: full sun to part shade; very
Coldest zone: 3 (find your
zone; further info on plant hardiness)