West Wales Willows

Rough and Fine
Basket Work

Basket Willows

Since there is quite a difference in the willows required, we have split this section up
into willows for rough and fine basketry.
Rough basketry in this definition would, for example, be the making of large log baskets or coracles,
while fine basketry would be your average shopping basket.

Species / Hybrid: Clone or Common Name: Comments:
A1 Salix dasyclados .
Suitable for high altitudes and coastal areas.
Height: around 7 foot / 2.1m
A2 Salix viminalis .
Very elegant variety, similar in appearance to bamboo, not suitable as dense wind break.
Height: 8-9 foot / 2.4 - 2.7 m
A3 Salix viminalis Reifenweide When yearly coppiced, Reifenweide produces nice flexible rods.
Can be over crowded if grown too close together.
Height around 7 foot / 2 m.
A6 Salix viminalis .
Height around 7-8 foot / 2.1 - 2.4 m
A7 Salix viminalis Longifolia
Dave's favourite! Not as vigorous as the other viminalis, but very pliable.
8-9 feet / 2.4-2.7 m tall.
A14 Salix triandra Noire de Villaine
A dark brown willow, with a "knotty" stem, should be used peeled for basketry.
Height 6-8 foot.
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A16 Salix triandra White Newkind
Olive green rods of 6-8 foot / 1.8-2.4 m height.
A17 Salix triandra Tri x White Spaniards
7-8 foot / 2.1-2.4m
A24 Salix triandra x vim Molissima undulata
Can, as a triandra cross, better cope with periods of occasional flooding.
Flexible enough for Living Structures and rough basketry.
Height 6-8 feet / 1.8- 2.4m
C42 Salix daphnoides "Continental Purple"
Only the smaller rods will be usable for basketry.
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C48 Salix viminalis Mulattin
A basket willows that used to be cultivated in East Germany.
Around 8 foot / 2.4m in height.
C50 Salix viminalis x purpurea Ulbrichweide
Another East German willow.
Due to it's part purpurea parentage, a smaller, but flexible willow.
Height 5-7 foot / 1.5 - 2.1m.
D67 S. triandra "Noire de Challons"
Tall chocolate brown triandra.
5-6 foot / 1.5 - 1.8 m high.
D70 S. alba x frag. "Jaune Hative"
Quite thick, strong waxy rods
Turning from olive green at base to yellow
and brick red at the tips.
4-6 foot / 1.2 - 1.8 m. More and photo.
D73 S. triandra Faux Plant de Tourraine
Dark chocolate brown bark, with
rougher, lighter areas at the base.
6-7 foot / 1.8 - 2.1 m.

Willows for Fine Basket Work:

Species / Hybrid: Clone or Common Name: Comments:
A12 Salix purpurea Dicky Meadows
Very nice working basket willow.
Height: around 5 - 7 foot / 1.5 - 2.1m
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A13 Salix purpurea Dark Dicks
A dark purple-red purpurea,
Height: 6-7 foot / 1.8 - 2.1 m
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A15 Salix purpurea Norbury If you want to do some extremely fine basket work, this is the one! With a height of only 4 - 5 foot / 1.2 - 1.5 m and a butt thickness of only 5 mm, you can hardly get any thinner - making it ideal for children to work with!
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B32 Salix alba x fragilis Flanders Red
Another favourite of ours!
Flanders Red has the typical slightly waxy skin of it's type, which makes it glide easily when worked - a pleasure to weave!
Dries to an orange-red. Height 5-7 foot / 1.5 - 2.1m.
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B35 Salix alba x fragilis Golden Willow

Same type as Flanders Red but with a golden bark, drying to light orange.
Height 5-7 foot / 1.5 - 2.1m.
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B37 Salix triandra Black Maul
This is the main Somerset basket willow and is used as brown, buff and white willow.
Height: 5 - 7 foot / 1.5 - 2.1 m
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C39 S. fragilis decipiens? "Fanny's White"
A willow with a very light grey - green
coloured bark and black and red budscales.
4-5 feet / 1.2 -1.5 m high.
C42 S. daphnoides "Continental Purple"
Bright red in the summer, dark purple in the winter. 4-6 foot / 1.2 - 1.8 m.
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Wonderfully smooth, pitch black bark.
It is suitable for basketry and as an ornamental willow. Height: 6 foot / 1.8 m. More and photo.
D51 S.rubens Noah's Lake
Dark red-brown skin,
6 foot / 1.8m tall.
D52 S.purpurea (x daph? x tri?) ex W. Rogers
A light green-brown willow,
with fairly even rods of
5-6 foot / 1.5-1.8 m heigth.
D53 S. daphnoides Netta Statham
A beauty with a
dark purple skin.
6-7 foot / 1.8 - 2.1 m high.
D56 S. purpurea Japonica
Suitable for basketry, but due to it's
dense growth, it would also make a good hedging plant.
Light green rods with light green leaves.
D58 S. alba x frag "Jaune de Falaise"
Very waxy orange rods,
5-6 foot / 1.5 - 1.8 m tall.
D61 S. daphnoides "W"
A typical daphnoides with a waxy,
rich aubergine coloured skin.
6 foot / 1.8 m tall.
D65 S. alba 81003
Fast growing, erect willow with
a milk-chocolate brown bark.
7-8 foot / 2.1-2.4 m tall.
D66 S. sessilifolia .
Very springy rods, light green in colour.
6-7 foot / 1.8-2.1 m high.
D68 S. alba x frag. 81013
Slightly greener in colour than order code D65.
6-7 foot / 1.8-2.1 m high.
D69 S. triandra "Grisette Noire"
Mottled dark brown.
6-7 foot / 1.8-2.1 m tall.
D71 S. aquatica? S.frag. x? "Barnard Farndon"
Brown-green and less erect.
5-6 foot / 1.5 - 1.8 m rod length.
D72 S. triandra Longbud
Dark olive green rods that are relative to
the height quite thin at the base,
therefore giving quite even rods.
7-8 foot / 2.1-2.4 m tall.
D74 S. alba chermesina Cardinalis
Rich yellow to red rods,
giving excellent winter colour.
Around 6 foot / 1.8 m high.
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D76 S. daphnoides Sinker
Rich dark-brown to purple in colour
- very nice!
4-6 foot / 1.2 - 1.8 m.
D78 S. alba (x frag.?) "Raesfeld"
Originating in the German province of Westfalia,
this is a basketry willow with a waxy, olive green skin.
5-7 foot / 1.5 - 2.1 m high.
D79 S. alba 619
A lightbrown willow with a dark red tinge.
Around 5 foot / 1.5 m tall. More and photo.
E88 S. alba chermesina
Very bright red winter colour.
E89 S. alba sanguinea .
A willow with vivid orange-yellow
winter colour that is also suitable for basketry.
Height around 5 foot / 1.5 m
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E90 S. fragilis decipiens White Welsh Willow
Light beige to mottled brown rods.
4 foot / 1.2 m high.
E91 S. purpurea Jagiellonka
Fine, thin flexible rods of fairly even diameter.
Light brown in colour.
Around 5 foot / 1.5 m
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E92 S. triandra "Belge"
Producing very strong rods, which
are lighter than a lot of the other triandras.
6 foot / 1.8 m tall.
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E93 S. amplexicaulis Bory Pescara
Warm red-brown, thin rods, with dense growth.
Rod length: 4 foot / 1.2 m.
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E94 S. purpurea Procumbens
Reminding of cotoneaster, a usually
ground-hugging willow, that will grow
upright if in more crowded conditions.
Thin mottled brown rods.
Rod length: 3 foot / 0.9 m.
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E95 S. purpurea IEA Trial
Lightgreen, the bark on stronger rods
5-6 foot / 1.5 - 1.8 m tall.
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E96 S. nigricans Faucille
Dark black, suitable for semi-shaded areas.
5 foot / 1.5 m.
E98 S. alba vitellina
Bright olive-green to yellow in colour.
5-6 foot / 1.5 - 1.8 m high.

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