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Salix (Willow) Stems at Bluestem Nursery

Salix (Willow)

Salix purpurea 'Streamco'

Salix purpurea 'Streamco'
Salix purpurea 'Streamco'

Three photos courtesy USDA Natural Resource Conservation Services

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 control.

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 year.

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 moist areas

Coldest zone: 3 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Comparison of willow stems and leaves

Lists of various willow uses