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Willow

Buy Salix at the Lubera Garden Shop

When you buy a willow tree, you get an ornamental tree with many decorative features. The Salix genus is hard to beat in its variety of forms.

 

   
 
Corkscrew Willow 'Golden Curls'

Salix erythroflexuosa - wonderful, spirally wound growth

£19.40 *

Corkscrew Willow'Tortuosa'

Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa' has twisted shoots

£23.40 *

Flamingo Willow 'Hakuro Nishiki'

Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki'

£14.90 *

Goat Willow

Salix caprea

£16.40 *

Great Sallow 'Silberglanz'

Salix caprea 'Silberglanz' - already blooms in the winter months

£14.90 *

Japanese Fantail Willow 'Sekka'

Japanese fantail willow (Salix sachalinensis 'Sekka') with curvy and wide-growing shoots

From £14.90 *

Narrow-leaved Olive Willow

Salix rosmarinifolia - silvery, oblong leaves and spherical growth

£14.90 *

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Salix viminalis - a native willow species, good for using in humid locations

£14.90 *

Purple Osier Willlow 'Nana'

Salix purpurea 'Nana' has spherical growth and purple shoots

£14.90 *

Swiss Willow

Salix helvetica

£10.40 *

   
 

More information about Salix

 

Its foliage is thread-like, narrow or ovoid, dark green or nicely variegated, the growth is upright or overhanging. The bark colours in purple-red or ochre yellow also set beautiful colour accents in the garden. Some willow tree species, such as the weeping willow, can take on majestic dimensions, while other representatives can even be cultivated as dwarf shrubs in tubs. The group also includes unconventional beauties such as the corkscrew willow or the Japanese dragon willow. Their conspicuously spiral twisted or twisted shoots are guaranteed to attract all eyes.

Buy Salix - a hedge beauty or graceful solitaire

Discover the varieties of Salix in the Lubera® garden shop! No matter whether you want to create an attractive hedge or plant an ornamental shrub in a single position - there is something for every garden design in our willow tree assortment. Many species also inspire early in the year with their pretty, furry catkins - the first messengers of spring!

 

 

The harlequin willow with its green-white and pink leaves is a real eye-catcher in smaller gardens all year round. The elegant ornamental shrub, grafted as a standard, develops a compact growth habit and is very tolerant of pruning.

 

Salix 'Golden Curls' has corkscrew-like, ochre-coloured branches and an overhanging crown.

 

The fluffy catkins of the goat willow (or pussy willow) are already besieged by bees and other insects from mid-March onwards. This willow tree can reach a stately growth height and is therefore also suitable for planting tree hedges, which can be kept at the desired height by targeted pruning.

 

Salix purpurea 'Nana' is the right choice for a low hedge with a growth height of only about one metre. The Low Purple Willow, as it is also called, shows its attractive purple-red branches, especially in the winter.

 

Buy Salix at LuberaInteresting facts

 

There are over 300 willow species and many forms of cultivation worldwide. Characteristic for many willows (e.g. goat willow, corkscrew willow) are their 'catkins', which are composed of a multitude of small individual flowers. This makes them an important source of food for bees in the spring. Furthermore, the Sal willow is an important tree for the butterfly fauna.

Willows are - biologically speaking - dioecious. This means that every tree or shrub - with the exception of the weeping willow - has either only male flowers or only female flowers. With the goat willow, both male and female trees form catkins - these look different depending on the sex: after blossoming, the male forms impress with yellow stamens, while the female catkins are green.

If the flowers of some willows are less conspicuous, e.g. the harlequin willow, the tree or shrub makes up for this with attractive foliage, bright bark colour and a special growth habit.

Also interesting: salicylic acid (a component of aspirin) was also extracted from the bark of some willows before synthetic production.

 

Pollarded willows

 

If you buy a willow tree, you can also use the branches, depending on the species and variety. Annual willow rods are very popular for basket weaving or for building willow tippers - especially the wicker (Salix viminalis) rods. In the case of the so-called pollarded willows, the trunk is shortened as a young tree at a height of about 1 to 3 metres, and the branches are subsequently pruned regularly. A pollarded willow must receive the appropriate pruning every three to ten years - depending on the intended use of the branches. Pollarded willows are also ecologically very valuable as they provide shelter for many animals - as part of nature conservation, they receive special care.

Traditionally, the rods ('divining rods') are/have also been used to find water veins or water sources.

 

The right location

 

The preferred locations of most varieties are humid, although there are species and variety-specific differences. When you buy a willow tree, it generally feels comfortable in the sun or semi-shade. As a rule, no special demands are made on the soil.

 

The appropriate cut

 

All willow trees tolerate vigorous pruning. The best time for pruning is early spring. Since some species grow very quickly, you can easily prune multi-stemmed willows in late winter to reduce their growth.

 

Older shoots of willows with beautiful bark colours often become greyish. Willow bushes such as 'Hakuro Nishiki' or Salix purpurea 'Nana' will develop new shoots with vivid colours if they are cut down to the ground, provided there is a good water supply. If you want to take a less radical approach, you can remove about a third of the oldest branches close to the ground every year - this also helps to keep the shrubs healthy. Topiary pruning can also be carried out on willows without any problems. In catkin-bearing willow trees, you can cut off the tips of the branches - the pruning measure then has a positive effect on the size of the catkins in the following year.

 

The willow tree is so versatile

 

In general, there are tree willows and shrub willows in the genus Salix. Most species grow like shrubs at different heights; continuous tree trunks are less common.

 

Here is an overview of the different growth heights:

 

Growth heights up to 20 metres

White willow, weeping willow (S. alba)

 

Growth heights up to 8 metres

Goat willow or pussy willow (S. caprea),

Corkscrew willow or twisted willow (S. matsudana) 'Tortuosa'

 

Growth heights up to 5 metres

Cat willow (S. caprea) 'Silverglanz'

Japanese dragon willow (S. sachalinensis) 'Sekka'

Wicker (S. viminalis)

 

Small willow shrubs and willow high-stemmed trees (standards) up to 2 metres

Willow (S. integra) 'Hakuro Nishiki

Purple willow or wicker (S. purpurea) 'Nana'

Rosemary willow (S. rosmarinifolia)

Swiss willow (S. helvetica)

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