Salix - Willow
We grow over 25 varieties of willows suitable for floral, basketry and landscape use. Mostly we supply these as cuttings and bare root plants during the winter. Always ask for our full list.
We have grouped our 'willow' selections on one page as there are both shrubs and trees. Further confusion exists because often what could be large trees, are kept to shrub proportions, by coppicing and pollarding in a garden setting, to encourage colorful winter twigs. We would suggest in a small garden to plant Cornus -RED TWIG DOGWOOD varieties if you are planting for colorful sticks. Root systems are a problem on tree varieties in a small garden. There are plenty of shrub willows for catkins etc that do fit into a garden just keep an eye on mature height.
Some willows for the Floral Crafter, with one exception, Cornus sericea Cardinal !
From left to right.
Salix 'Sekka' or FAN TAIL WILLOW,
Cornus. sericea 'Cardinal' or RED TWIG DOGWOOD, Salix 'Vitellina' or Golden Willow, Salix 'Britzensis' or CORAL BARK WILLOW, Salix 'Snake' or CONTORTED WILLOW, Salix Matsudana or 'Corkscrew' WILLOW, Salix 'Rubykins', Salix 'Gold Curls', Salix chaenomeloides or 'Japapase .Pussy Willow'.
Some quick basic suggestions for the floral crafter who wants to grow for their own supply:
Straight Sticks- Orangey Red - 'Britzensis', Golden Yellow - 'Vitellina'
Curly Sticks - Green/Grey - Salix matsudana and 'Snake' or Salix Scarcuzam for orange/red.
Early Catkins/Pussy Willow - 'Rubkins' (Pink), chaenomeloides or 'Japanese
Mid Catkins/Pussy Willow - Discolor, melanostacys (Black)
Late Catkins/Pussy Willow - Tsugalensis
For those who want to build living fences, structures or furniture:
Salix 'Vitellina', 'Rubykins', 'Tristis'
Cuttings are only sent Mid February to April.
Our cuttings are 6-8'' pencil - finger thick.
We grow over 25 varieties of willow and may have what you want in limited quantities.
Cuttings should be stored in sealed plastic bag in fridge, until you are ready to plant.
Salix - Willow cuttings are easy to root.
Planting in Soil : Either have prepared, clean nursery bed, and/or use light barrier/fabric/plastic to keep newly planted cutting weed free. Make hole with slightly larger stick than cutting to about 6'' depth. Drop cutting into hole. Cuttings can be spaced in nursery bed, 8-12'' apart. Water and that's it, watch grow. You can move new plant in dormant period, of the following winter.
In pot : Starting in pots means an established plant that you can plant into final position whenever you want. You do have to keep pot watered though ! Best to use a gallon size pot per cutting. Use soil mix with good drainage. Follow planting instruction above.
easy ordering...... see plants that you like, copy and paste into an e-mail with quantity, shipping state, send e-mail to Chris@plantandgnome.com We'll send you an order acknowledgement, confirming availability and how to proceed. Or call: 304 881 7037.