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This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
purple osier purple willow
bitter willow basket willow
Salix purpurea 'Helix'
Salix are deciduous shrubs and trees of diverse habit, with simple leaves and tiny flowers in catkins, male and female usually on separate plants. Some are valued for their brightly coloured winter shoots, others for their foliage or showy male catkins
S. purpurea is a spreading shrub or small tree to 5m, with arching purplish shoots bearing narrowly oblong, blue-green leaves and slender silvery catkins on bare shoots in early spring
Europe, C. Asia
Habit Spreading / Branched
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained, Poorly-drained
SoilLoam, Clay, Sand
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in any deep moist well-drained soil in full sun. Dislikes shallow chalk soils
Propagate by softwood or hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Low Maintenance Hedging & Screens
Coastal Wildlife Gardens
Pruning Pruning group 1
Pests Can get aphids, caterpillars, leaf beetles and sawflies
May be subject to willow anthracnose diseases and a rust
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