Salix purpurea #187
To grow the finer canes suitable for basketry,
prune to the ground each season. The growth that
follows will be straight 2 m, deep green rods
without any lateral branches. Left unpruned, it
will quickly produce the heavier wood needed for
furniture as well.
According to Christopher Newsholme in the book
Willow: The Genus Salix, Salix purpurea is
bitter and unpalatable to livestock and rabbits.
Description: large shrub; 4-6
m (13-20'); deep green new growth; vigorous and
stocky; grows without branching
Conditions: full sun to part shade; moist
or well watered soil; tolerates a wide range of soils
Coldest zone: 3 (find your
zone; further info on plant hardiness)
This picture was taken in October and is of a
group of two year old plants that are coppiced
in the late winter every year.