Salix purpurea 'Gracilis'
purple willow 'Gracilis'
A compact, low-growing deciduous shrub with a dense rounded habit, reddish-purple multi stems that appear vibrant after autumns leaf fall, and blue-green foliage. Silvery catkins appear in early spring
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Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height10–20 years
Ultimate spread1–1.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
East–facing or South–facing or West–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
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
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How to grow
Grow in any deep moist well-drained soil in full sun. Dislikes shallow chalk soils
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Wildlife gardens
- Low Maintenance
May be susceptible to aphids, caterpillars, leaf beetles and sawflies
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