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Willow, Purple (Salix purpurea) shrub in a 9 inch pot, Organic

$20.00

Family:  Willow (Salicaceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 10

(Purple Willow, Purple Osier)  Dwarf willow tree to 9 feet native to Europe and Western Asia, has purple-hued leaves and among all willow species does contain the highest concentrations of salicylic acid in its bark. Plant prefers part shade to full sun and moist roots, is tolerant of many soil types, including clay, gravel, slightly acidic and slightly alkaline soils.  These can be trained to hanging baskets or planted on the permaculture landscape.  They are a nice streamside willow that stays small.  Plant at least 5 feet apart.

Potted shrub in a 9 inch deep pot, certified organically grown

 

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  1. Frank Gagne

    Healthy.

    Frank Gagne

    My sapling arrived well secured in its package and completely healthy. This is such a great company to do business with.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Frank,
      Thank you for your long patronage. The purple willows are indeed solid. We try our best.
      Richo

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    Casey

    Are the purple willows rooted or just a cutting stick in soil?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Casey,
      Goodness me, ye of little faith! We do strive to get folks well-established plants and the purple willows would be a good example.
      Richo

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    Kaila

    I would like to have a purple willow but am short on space. how do you go about training to it to a hanging basket?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Kaila,
      The willow needs to be planted in real potting soil or dirt, not just shavings or coir. Primary shoots that go straight up may be pruned back to encourage secondary shoots that drape. r

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  4. Question

    Frank Gagne

    Richo,
    As I live in Zone 5b, I know this little tree will do fine here. I also have the right soils and amounts of ground water. I do plan on ordering one at the beginning of March or mid-March. And I plan on letting it grow to its full size (no trimming/pruning). My questions are: Does this little tree produce flowers? And does it produce seeds?
    Thanks.

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Frank, Willows make flowers and they are the catkins that you might be familiar with–male and female ones. They do make seeds but frankly I’ve never had one volunteer for me. We propagate them by rooting cuttings in water. Richo

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    Julie (verified owner)

    Can this willow be used for basket weaving?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      definitely

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    • Tatiana G.

      Hello Richo, do you know if this particular willow is browsed by deer? The native willows such as Salix Nigra are heavily browsed by deer and rabbits here in the southeast. Is it the case with this species as well? Thanks

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Tatiana, Actually we had deer in the nursery this summer and the willows were spared. However it makes sense to me that if the native willows are being eaten than this one would. Another thing there is good information on how willows concentrate tannins as soon as they detect browsing, bet maybe that’s not enough in your area. If you grow a plant above about 4 feet tall its amazing how much deer will leave the upper portions alone. They’re down-browsers. Richo

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  6. Question

    Sheila Sewall

    Is this the same as arctic willow. I had a large one in my back yard at our former Wisconsin home. I need some of the lovely flowing beauties to help cover a multitude of sins on our slope. I also hoped to have it help with erosion. My was blue-green in color and folwed so beautifully in the wind. I do not wish to fuss with this ugly hill. Do you sell the seeds alone? I want the shrub, not a tree.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Our monograph does state that its a shrub, but the differentiation between shrubs and trees is often blurred. These grow 3 to 5 feet tall. These are beautiful allright but they are not the same as arctic willow.

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  7. Question

    Lynn

    Can this plant be used for pain in teas or is it just the tree that is used for this ? Thank you

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      The purple will has the highest concentration of salicylates among all willow species. r

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  8. Question

    Jane

    How would this plant grow in Ashe County, NC? What time of year is best to order for best transplanting results?

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      Richo Cech

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      Hi JAne,
      This is a no-trouble bush to small tree that will transplant readily anytime in NC. Feel free, these are really nice plants, I think you would be happy.
      Richo

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    • Tomás Ferreira

      Would this be good to plant near a Japanese lilac to sop up some of the extra water? Tree is planted in between 2 houses that seems to get too much water from the way the land is graded

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    • Diana

      Diana

      Hello Tomas,
      Yes, this seems appropriate, the purple willows stay relatively small, enjoy plenty of water, and are comely on the landscape.
      Richo

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    • Michelle W

      I would love to plant this in dappled shade next to the creek on our property, but am concerned that zone 8 will be too hot. If it won’t work here, any other recommendations? I like that it stays small. Thanks.

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    • Richo Cech

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      I suppose that if one shades and waters the plant that it will survive beyond the recommended zone 7. richo

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    • nrc3neal

      Advice to grow in Zone 10+ Hawaii, wet side ~100″ ?
      It’s actually not as hot as Tampa here, with breeze, tradewinds and frequent rainfall. Usually.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Sometimes also known as the “arctic willow,” good only to zone 6 according to this reference https://hvp.osu.edu/pocketgardener/source/description/sa_purea.html
      I think it may suffer in HI. r

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    • nrc3neal

      Maybe bonsai this one, huh?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      maybe

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    • Sheila Sewall

      Your right up says it is good to zone 3. I live in zone 4. What is the height and spread please, and thank you very much.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      3 to 5 feet and equally as wide.

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    • Maggie

      Could this over winter indoors until I was no longer renter and wanted to plant it in the earth? I would love this for making rooting hormone.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Maggie,
      I think so, these are very robust. Richo

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