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