S. melanostachys (C38)



S. caprea -Silberglanz (D75)

Willows display a great variation in growth and leaf shape with often striking bark colours.

During the year, different willows will be at their most impressive:
During the spring, early catkins of caprea, melanostachys and purpureas
give enjoyment,
during the summer the daphnoides will appear in light red skin colour, while americana,
humilis and pyrifolia show their unusual leaves.
In the autumn, sachalinensis still displays it's still fresh looking leaves, while the
alba x fragilis put on their bright autumn colour coats.
In the winter, the bright coloured buds contrast wonderfully with the rods.

And in this way, the willows in your garden can give you pleasure all year round.

Below you find a selection of willow - there are loads more on the willow list, marked with "OR".

The heights given are how tall the willows are growing here within one growing season and with yearly coppicing. This can vary a lot depending on the climate in any particular year.

Species / Hybrid: Clon or Common Name: Description:
A2 S. viminalis . 8-10 foot / 2.5 - 3 m tall willow with long slender leaves.
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A10 S. purpurea .
A good hedging willow, lovely in the
spring with reddish buds
and a mint green bark colour.
5-6 foot / 1.5-1.8 m high.
A11 S. purpurea Eugenii
Like all purpureas, has catkins very early in the spring, with a purple hue.
Good hedging variety or for use at the time of the catkins in flower arrangements.
A13 S. purpurea Dark Dicks
A dark purple red willow.
6-7 foot / 1.5 - 2.1 m high. More and photo
A14 S. triandra Noire de Villaine
A dark brown willow, with a "knotty" stem.
6-8 foot / 1.8-2.4 m tall. More and photo.
A25 S. purpurea Nicholsonni purpurescans
A fine leafed purpurea with light silvery
green bark and early catkins.
Nice hedging variety.
Height around 6 foot / 1.8 m.
B32 S. alba x fragilis
Flanders Red
Green in the summer, turning partly red during the grey winter months.
Height 5-7 foot / 1.5 - 2.1 m
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B35 S. alba x fragilis Golden Willow
The same type as Flanders Red, but this one develops a bright yellow in the autumn.
Height 5-7 foot / 1.5 - 2.1 m
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C38 S. melanostachys .
A slow growing willow with a low, bushy appearance.
Black catkins in late winter.
Height: around 2 foot / 60 cm.
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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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S. sachalinensis
Also called "Dragon Willow" or "Dragon Tail"
due to the curled, fasciated branches.
A large, ground- hugging type,
excellent as an ornamental willow with
leaves that keep their fresh appearance
until late in the autumn or dried in floral displays.
Wonderfully smooth, pitch black bark.
It is suitable for basketry and as an ornamental willow. Height: 6 foot / 1.8 m.
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D49 S. americana .
5-6 foot high,
the wide leaves have a strong red tinge during the summer.
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D50 S. matsudana tortuosa Contorted Willow
Popular for interior design purposes.
4-5 foot / 1.2 - 1.5 m in heigth.
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.
D54 S. neotricha . Olivegreen to orange waxy bark,
5-6 foot high (1.5-1.8m).
D55 S.caprea x daph R77
Stunning strong purplish black rods in the
autumn with red and yellow bud scales.
Dark red during the summer. 6-7 foot / 1.8-2.1 m in height.
D56 S. purpurea Japonica
Suitable for basketry, but with a rough bark.
Dense growth, good hedging plant. Early catkins.
Light green rods with light green leaves.
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D57 S. ?? = x glabra "Blackskin"
Similar to nigricans with rounded leaves
which have red colour to them in the early summer.
4-5 foot / 1.2 - 1.5 m in height.
D58 S. alba x frag "Jaune de Falaise"
Very waxy orange rods,
5-6 foot / 1.5 - 1.8 m tall.
D59 S. triandra hoffmaniana
A triandra of dense growth, with short rounded dark leaves.
Probably better suited for hedging than for basketry.
5-6 foot in height ( 1.5-1.8m)
D61 S. daphnoides "W"
A typical daphnoides with a waxy,
rich aubergine coloured skin.
6 foot / 1.8 m tall.
D62 S. pyrifolia Balsam Willow
A pretty specimen with a very unusual leaf shape for a willow.
5 foot / 1.5 m tall.
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D64 S. myrsinifolia .
Black barked willow, which prefers
half shade, with rounded red-green leaves.
5 foot / 1.5 m high.
D65 S. alba 81003
Fast growing, erect willow with
a milk-chocolate brown bark.
7-8 foot / 2.1-2.4 m tall.
D67 S. triandra "Noire de Challons"
Tall chocolate brown triandra.
5-6 foot / 1.5 - 1.8 m high.
D69 S. triandra "Grisette Noire"
Mottled dark brown.
6-7 foot / 1.8-2.1 m tall.
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.
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.
D74 S. alba chermesina Cardinalis
Rich yellow to red rods,
giving excellent winter colour.
Around 6 foot / 1.8 m high.
D75 S. caprea Silberglanz
Striking dark near black rods with
red and yellow budscales in the autumn.
6 foot / 1.8 m.
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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.
D77 S. humilis "Prairie Willow"
Similar to S. americana, with wide
leaves and often curved stems.
4-6 foot / 1.2 - 1.8 m in height.
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D81 S. semperflorens .
The leaves of this willow will stay on until
late in the year and the underside has a silvery appearance.
Has catkins late in the year.
6-7 foot / 1.8-2.1 m high.
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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
E90 S. fragilis decipiens White Welsh Willow
Light beige to mottled brown rods.
4 foot / 1.2 m high.
E93 S. amplexicaulis Bory Pescara
Warm red-brown, thin rods, with dense growth.
Rod length: 4 foot / 1.2 m.
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.
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.
E99 S. acutifolia "Harry"
A very dark purple-blue small willow,
darker than a daphnoides.
Around 5 foot / 1.5 m in height.
E100 S. miyabeana .
A vigorous light green and
tall growing willow.
Suitable for taller hedges.
6-7 foot / 1.8 - 2.1 m in height.

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