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Purple Willow or Red Osier –
Salix purpurea (latin)
Purple Willow or Red Osier - Salix purpurea

Area of origin: Europe, temperate Asia.

Adult Dimensions: Height up to 4m, width up to 4m (13').

Foliage: Deciduous.

Soil Type: All.

Hardiness: Hardy to -40°C.

Exposure: Full sun.

Purple Willow or Red Osier - Salix purpurea

Characteristics and Uses:
The rounded shape and the silver grey foliage make this a very pretty little tree. The young branches are dark purple at first and become olive grey. They are used along waterways and in the rehabilitation of industrial areas. Plant alone or in groups.

List of Willows:
Almond Leaved Willow (Salix triandra), small finely serrated leaves, slender branches, contorted and fluted
Corkscrew Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica pekinensis 'Tortuosa'), extremely pliable branches, contorted and weeping towards the ground, long and narrow leaves
Coyote Willow (Salix exigua), extremely narrow leaves, silvery, erect branches, pinkish in colour, extremely decorative in winter
Crack Willow (Salix fragilis), finely serrated leaves, greeny brown branches, glabrous, easily breaks off
Creeping Willow (Salix repens), shiny green leaves with glossy underside, pubescent browny grey branches, excellent ground cover
Dwarf Purple Willow (Salix purpurea 'nana')
Eared Willow (Salix aurita), grey green foliage with whitish underside, numerous contorted branches, dislikes chalky soil
Goat Willow (Salix caprea), dark green leaves with whitish underside, silvery catkins, red and glabrous branches, often used for floral compositions
Grey Willow (Salix cinerea), dark green foliage with ash grey underside, velvety grey juvenile branches
Laurel Willow (Salix pentandra), finely serrated and fragrant leaves, browny green branches, glabrous and shiny
Purple Willow (Salix purpurea), rounded shape, silvery grey foliage, dark purple branches
Rosemary-Leaved Willow (Salix rosmarinifolia), hairy leaves, green with white underside, red branches
White Willow (Salix alba), extremely decorative silvery look, glabrous olive green juvenile branches

See the Willows catalogue

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