Willow Cuttings for Sale
This is an extremely vigorous variety which can grow up to 16 feet in a season from a coppiced stool. In this respect it is similar to Salix viminalis but it produces thicker stems and branches more, making it a better variety for screening and biomass. It is not, however, as suitable for weaving as it is less flexible. Salix smithiana is actually a hybrid between Salix viminalis and Salix caprea. It is a very hardy variety well suited to any part of the UK. The photos on the right show growth in the first 6 months after planting 12" cuttings
Salix triandra (Black Maul)
Black Maul is one of the most widely grown classic weaving willows. Also known as Almond Willow because of the shape of it's leaves, it can grow to about 9 feet in a season. The rods are a deep brown colour with black buds and dry to a buff colour. When stripped the underlying wood is white and in fact if you have a basket the chances are it will have been made at least partly from this.
Salix alba vitellina (Golden Willow)
This is a robust shrub which, when coppiced, grows to around 6 feet each year. The stems are golden coloured all year but this is most noticable during winter when the leaves have dropped. The rods are fairly stout and are suitable for large heavy duty baskets although there are usually smaller diameter rods produced as well.
Salix alba chermesina (Scarlet Willow)
Also known as Salix alba Britzensis. This variety is, in our opinion, one of the most attractive for winter colour. If left it will grow to a sizable tree but it is at its best when coppiced hard each year to make a shrub around 2m tall, with the most beautiful red winter colour. This is a very versatile variety, being suitable for basketry, living sculptures, screening and flower arranging.
Salix sachalinensis (Japanese fantail willow)
This ornamental willow is perfect for flower arranging where it can be used fresh or dried at different times of the year. Catkins form in February followed by deep green leaves in summer. In winter the leaves fall to show a tangled structure of branches with characteristic flattened ends, making a perfect ornamental shrub. The plants can grow to a height of around 4m, or can be coppiced every year to produce a regular supply for your flower arrangements. The roots of this willow are not as invasive as many, making it suitable for smaller gardens.
Salix purpurea (Green Dicks)
This is one of the finest willows for basketry weaving and is also superb as an ornamental shrub in the garden. The plants can grow to a height of around 4m, or can be coppiced every year to produce a regular supply for your baskets.
Salix alba fragilis (Flanders red)
A beautiful variety of willow for basket weaving or ornamental use. The waxy skin makes weaving easy and it is also a very attractive variety for winter colour in the garden.The shoots are greenish at the bottom with striations in the bark and are red at the tips, particularly in the autumn and winter. The stems are long and this variety can easily grow up to 9' in a year, so regular hard coppicing is important.The rods dry to an orange colour.