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Salix (Willow)

Salix purpurea 'Irette'

Salix purpurea 'Irette'
Salix purpurea 'Irette'

Salix purpurea 'Irette'

There are two ways to grow this plant - pruned or left to grow to its natural form. Read our page about pruning willows to find out more about coppicing and the resulting different plant form with an emphasis on colorful stems for winter interest.

According to Christopher Newsholme in the book Willow: The Genus Salix, Salix purpurea is bitter and unpalatable to livestock and rabbits.

Description: small shrub; 2-5 m (6-16') in height; narrow leaves

Conditions: full sun to part shade; thrives with regular deep watering; tolerates a wide variety of soil types

Coldest zone: 3 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Uses: ornamental; basketry

Comparison of willow stems and leaves

Lists of various willow uses