West Wales Willows

Living Structures and Furniture

Although there might be overlaps, these willows vary from the Short Rotation Coppicing ones
in that they generally are more flexible, allowing your fantasy to be the limit for your willow designs.

The exeptions are the willows which have been chosen simply for producing thick rods, which might be
able to be used as legs and similar in living garden furniture.

For more delicate parts of your project, please check also the Basketry Willows section.

The heights given are how tall the willows are growing here within one growing season and with yearly coppicing.

Species / Hybrid: Clon or Common Name: Comments:
A1 Salix dasyclados .
Suitable for high altitudes and coastal areas.
The fine rootwork makes it also suitable for river stabilisation.

Height: around 7 foot / 2.1m

A2 Salix viminalis .
Very elegant variety, reminding in appearance of 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.
A9 Salix viminalis .
Very tall and vigorous willows.
Can be used for tall uprights, but not very pliable. After an initially slow start, they are now reaching 10-12 foot / 3.3 - 4m in one growing season.
A14 Salix triandra Noire de Villaine
A dark brown willow, with a stem that appears slightly "knotty". Height 6-8 foot / 1.8 - 2.4 m.
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.
Height 6-8 feet / 1.8- 2.4m
C42 Salix daphnoides "Continental Purple"
If you want to have colour in your structure, daphnoides will display a bright red during the summer, which turns to a dark purple in the autumn. The taller rods of around 6-7 foot / 1.8 - 2 m can be used in Living Structures as uprights, they are not very flexible.
C48 Salix viminalis Mulattin
Around 8 foot / 2.4m in height.
C50 Salix viminalis x purpurea Ulbrichweide
Due to it's part purpurea parentage, a smaller, but flexible willow.
Height 5-7 foot / 1.5 - 2.1m.
E97 S. purpurea Holland
Unusally strong rods for a purpurea.
6-7 foot / 1.8 - 2.1 m in height.

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