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Salix purpurea

Goat Willow, Purpleosier Willow, Basket Willow

Pronunciation
SAY-lix per-PU-ree-a
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Family
Genus
Nativity

Central Asia, Japan

Growth Habit

Dense shrub with thin branches.

Hardiness
3
Culture

Moist, well-drained soil, tolerates wet conditions, full to part sun.

Facultative Status
Facultative wetland
Landscape Use

Great for stream bank stabilization and erosion control. Can be used in masses or singularly.

Foliage

Blue-green leaves with white underside, 2 to 4 inches long and .125 to .33 inches wide, acute to accuminate apex, serrations towards apex.

Buds

Buds are purple and small

Bark

Young stems are purple; become gray-brown as they age.

Flower

Catkins bloom in March-April; initially are red-purple, mature to gray.

Fruit

Capsules that split to release seeds.

Propagation

Seeds, cuttings, or grafting.

Pests
Numerous diseases including blights, leaf spot, canker, scab, and a host of insect pests.

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