Salix viminalis 'Superba' - Common
For basketry, plant in fertile
soil, space .5 m apart and space rows 1.5m. Keep
well watered and weed free for three years. Prune
annually to encourage long straight rods that
quality baskets require.
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.
A good willow for butterflies and bees.
Description: tall shrub; 3-9
m (10-30'); yellow to olive-green branchlets;
conspicuous yellow blooms, often before the snow
Conditions: full sun to part shade; tolerates
poor soils, but thrives with better conditions
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