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Willow Varieties

Willow Varieties Available
sold in bundles of 10 cuttings of the same variety
(Please click here for prices)

Salix Viminalis “Bowles Hybrid”
One of the most vigorous and hardy varieties of Willow commonly available. Because of its fast rate of growth (up to 10 feet or more in one year - including the first year!) it makes an excellent windbreak, and it tolerates wet, heavy soils and extreme conditions, such as cold winds on exposed sites or salty winds on the coast. Growth can be cut back each winter, providing heavy weaving material, or rods for living willow structures, and encouraging denser fresh growth, or left to grow taller and thicker which can be cut in later years for logs.
REF W777

Salix  Triandra  (Almond leaved willow)
This species forms a bush or small tree and prefers slightly less harsh conditions to Salix Viminalis, although is still very vigorous providing at least 6 ft of fresh growth each year. Good straight rods of growth make this form of Willow very popular for basket making.  We offer three varieties of Triandra :-

    Salix Triandra “Black Maul” Strong growth, brown stems.
    REF W778

    Salix Triandra “Norfolk” Strong growth, very dark brown stems.
    REF W779

    Salix Triandra “Petite Grisette” Strong growth, green stems.
    REF W780

 

Salix Purpurea  (Purple Willow)
Named for the colourful catkins. Generally a little smaller and slightly less vigorous than the above varieties, but the more colourful and more slender elegant stems will more than make up for this if you have a more sheltered location. Long, narrow, blue/green leaves and 4 to 6 ft of fresh stem growth each year.  Need to cut back regularly to obtain  the coloured fresh growth, which is ideal for fine rods for basket making. We offer three varieties of Purpurea :-

    Salix Purpurea “Eugenii” Very slender green stems.
    REF W781     

    Salix Purpurea “Lambertiana” Lime Green stems.
    REF W782

    Salix Purpurea “Abbeys” Orange/Red stems.
    REF W783

 

Coloured Willow Varieties
(in bundles of 10 cuttings of the same variety)

Salix Alba Vitellina (Golden Willow)
The slender whips are popular for basketmaking, but most widely grown for the bright yellow stem colour for winter interest. Cut back annually in the spring to obtain the brightly coloured fresh growth. Usually the new stem growth will reach at least 6 ft long in one season.
REF W787

Salix Alba Britzensis (Coral Bark Willow)
Mainly  grown for the bright orangey/red stem colour as winter interest. Cut back annually in the spring to obtain the brightly coloured fresh growth. Usually the new stem growth will reach at least 6 ft long in one season.
REF W788

Salix Daphnoides Aglaia (Violet Willow)
Mainly grown for the deep purple stem colour for winter interest and the large abundant silver catkins in late winter/early spring. Commonly used to attract pollinating insects to orchards. Cut back annually in the spring to obtain the brightly coloured fresh growth. The new stem growth can reach 9 ft long in one season.
REF W789

Salix Fragilis (Crack Willow)
Two-tone olive-green to yellow/orange stems. Cut back annually in the spring to obtain the brighter coloured fresh growth. Usually the new stem growth will reach at least 6 ft long in one season.
REF W790

Also available  : -

‘Dead’ Willow’ **

What we mean by ‘dead’ is willow that is woven in to add to the living willow structure’s appearance or to hold the structure together. Remember, however, as it is not pushed into the ground to root it will eventually decay -  unlike living willow. We are able to supply bundles of 3 to 5 foot lengths or 4 to 6 foot lengths which can be used for this purpose, or to make, say, border edging.  If ordered for delivery in winter they will have been fresh cut so, if you wish, you can use them to create living willow sculptures or very small structures - please let us know if you plan to plant them so we can send you the freshest cut material.
Bundles are approximately 8 inches in diameter at base.    
REF WK106 A or B      30 per bundle

 **  Please note that this willow will dry out and if it is to be used for weaving from late April onwards it will need soaking before it is pliable again. Full instructions will be provided.

Carriage Charges
Due to bulk and weight bundles and whips (this includes kits) have to be sent by carrier so we must ADD 19 PER ORDER to cover this cost to UK mainland (excluding parts of the Scottish Highlands).
We can arrange delivery to the Scottish Highlands and Islands,
Northern Ireland etc too but the carriage charge will be higher, also, slightly higher charges now apply to the Isle of Wight.

Please telephone for carriage charges if you require delivery to any of these areas.

Cuttings  are sent by First Class Post - Carriage 4.00.

PRICES & DELIVERY INFORMATION

Willow Whips, Kits & Cuttings delivered
November to March

We offer the listed varieties of willow
as 10 inch long UNROOTED cuttings
(taken after leaf fall and before new fresh growth commences) for delivery  November to March (these root easily when planted directly into the garden in winter, however, we recommend that you prepare the site in advance ).

The thickness of the cuttings varies according to variety - all root readily.

PRICES of 10 inch cuttings :
 7 per 10 of the same variety

Willow Cuttings   -  Minimum total order 14
plus Postage and packing 4.00

 

As well as Living Willow Kits
(
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we also sell long whips of Salix Viminalis “Bowles Hybrid”
for making living willow structures and sculptures
of your own design.


Long whips root just as easily as the shorter cuttings.
(Long whips of other varieties may be available - please ask)
Lengths (from butt to tip) available from 6 ft to 9 ft.
(Lengths may vary up to 4 inches from the nominal)

6 ft long 1.20 each
7 ft long 1.40 each
8 ft long 1.60 each
9 ft long 1.80 each
         Minimum order for long whips 20

 

Carriage Charges
All of these kits and bundles have to be sent by a specialist carrier
because of their length so we must
ADD 19 PER ORDER to cover
this cost to UK mainland (excluding parts of the Scottish Highlands)

We can arrange delivery to the Scottish Highlands and Islands,
Northern Ireland etc too but the carriage charge will be higher, also,
slightly higher charges now apply to the Isle of Wight.

Please telephone for carriage charges
if you require delivery to any of these areas.


Short willow cuttings are sent by First Class Post at a charge of 4.00.

 

BUT, PLEASE NOTE ORDERS
CAN BE COLLECTED BY APPOINTMENT. 
Please indicate that you wish to collect on the order form or by e-mail, and provide your telephone number so that a mutually convenient date and time can be arranged.

  Longer lengths (possibly 12 foot or more depending on the growing season) are also available if you can collect!

Please telephone for availability.

All lengths subject to availability on a ‘first come first served’ basis. 

 

 

Payments will not be processed until nearer to the despatch date.

VAT is not charged

 

Please also see our FAQ page
for further information and advice.

 

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Salix Candida in late winter

Salix Tortuosa

From left to right, Salix Alba Vitellina
Salix Alba Britzensis
Salix Daphnoides Aglaia and Salix Fragilis
 

Salix Daphnoides Aglaia in late winter

A living willow seat - just ‘planted’.- made from less than one whole fresh cut bundle of 3 to 5 ft whips plus some extra stakes to plant as verticals to weave around.