We are sold out of both of these items

Bulletin March 15, 2017

4 feet of snow in the nursery yesterday with more snow forecast!

Shipping may be delayed!

NB: Shipping does not start until early April, because of deep snow in our Northern Vermont Nursery. As we ship dormant cuttings and rods, this does not affect their growth, even in milder climates.


We are selling out of some Willows.

We cannot take orders out of North America!

We are almost sold out of 'Mt Aso', please order ASAP!

NEW WILLOWS FOR 2017

Through the generosity of fellow willow enthusiasts we are delighted to offer 15 new-to-us willows.

Most for the first time by any grower in the USA!


Salix alba 'Cardinalis' sold out

Salix aurita x viminalis

Salix daphnoides 'Red Rocket' sold out

Salix hybrid SV1

Salix integra

Salix interior 'Filigree'

Salix irrorata 'Violet Beauty'

Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'

Salix purpurea 'Dark Dicks'

Salix purpurea x koriyanagi PATENTED

Salix triandra 'Black Hollander'

Salix triandra 'Black Maul' x 'Grisette Noir'

Salix triandra 'Noir de Villaines'

Salix viminalis 'Bowhayes Strain' male

Salix viminalis 'Bowles Hybrid'



































Facts About Vermont Willow Nursery

Did you know we offer 138 different willows for sale?

By far the largest willow offering in the country and larger than the collections in all but a handful of large Public Gardens in North America!

We offer 19 native North American species and one hybrid. Largest such offering in the country!

See our "BEST WILLOWS FOR".... page!

Our complete collection of Willows is the largest in private hands in North America and topped only by 1-2 Public Gardens! This in less than 10 years!

Within the next 4 years we will would like to sell this collection...if anyone is interested in taking over, let us know? We are prepared to help the new owner get established.


No Shipping to Europe!


The EU currently has a ban on all willow from the US.  

It is due to a pest called Xylella which infects grapes and olives, willow is an alternate host.


Willows listed by Common Names

Click here for cross references

WILLOWS  ~ SALIX  ~  IN THE FAMILY SALICACEAE


Cut stems of Giant Pussy Willow and the

Black Pussy Willow, <Sold out what a treat in February!

WE OFFER:

DORMANT CUTTINGS

~10in cuttings that vary in diameter

according to variety, in bundles of 5 for $12.50/bundle, minimum order 2 bundles.


RODS FOR LIVING STRUCTURES

Rods for fedges, domes, teepees, tunnels etc. $5.00/6ft rod, $6.00/8ft rod

Minimum order is 20 rods.

72–92in is the max. length we can ship.

(longer rods are sometimes available for pick-up only)

NB: rods can only be ordered from the

ORDER FORM

Salix gracilistyla 'Mt Aso', our best-selling willow. Easy to see why! Sells out every year even though we keep planting more! Cut stems will flower for Valentine's Day!

WILLOW VARIETIES          BEST WILLOWS FOR...          COLLECTIONS          STRUCTURE KITS          ORDER FORM           ABOUT US   

COPPICING & POLLARDING          MAKING A FEDGE          EROSION  CONTROL          RESOURCES          WILLOWS FOR BEES

Salix chaenomeloides is what we have always called this, but in 2015 we discovered that this is a natural hybrid found in Japan between Salix gracilistyla and Salix caprea! It is now called Salix 'Winter Glory'.

Here seen in October with buds opening after several hard frosts and is the norm for this magnificent willow when grown in full sun! The "fur" of the pussies protect the flowers from damage even at 25°F below zero, which was experienced for 30 nights straight in Northern Vermont January 2015!

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Nothing may be used without written permission from Vermont Willow Nursery.


Layout, text and photographs by Michael Dodge

unless otherwise noted.

The Wonderful World of Willows

Vermont Willow Nursery

WHY WILLOWS ARE SO SPECIAL!

70-135 MILLION YEARS AGO, DWARF WILLOWS DOMINATED THE WOODY FLORA.

WILLOWS CAN BE ALPINES, ORNAMENTAL SHRUBS OR HUGE TREES

350+/- DIFFERENT SPECIES ON FOUR CONTINENTS;

MOSTLY IN ASIA, EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA AND CIMCUMPOLAR IN THE ARCTIC

NATIVE WILLOWS ARE FOUND IN EVERY STATE EXCEPT HAWAII

OVER 1500 HYBRIDS AND CULTIVARS WORLDWIDE

WILLOWS ARE NATIVE TO MOST TEMPERATE REGIONS,

ALPINE, ARCTIC AND EVEN SOME TROPICAL REGIONS

THE TERM 'PUSSY WILLOW' COMES FROM THE APPEARANCE OF MALE CATKINS

BEING SIMILAR TO THOSE OF CATS' PAWS!

SOME WILLOWS GROW OVER 100FT TALL, SOME GROW ONLY ONE INCH TALL

WILLOWS ARE EASY TO PROPAGATE, EASY TO GROW AND EASY TO PRUNE

WILLOWS SELF-PROPAGATE BY SEED,  STEM FRAGMENTATION AND ROOT SUCKERS

WILLOW CATKINS OR AMENTS HAVE SLIM, CYLINDRICAL FLOWER CLUSTERS (SPIKES), WITH NO PETALS AND ARE INSECT POLLINATED. THEY CONTAIN MANY USUALLY UNISEXUAL FLOWERS, ARRANGED CLOSELY ALONG A CENTRAL STEM.

WILLOWS HAVE MALE AND FEMALE CATKINS ON SEPARATE PLANTS (DIOCIOUS)

RARELY  MALE AND FEMALE ORGANS ARE FOUND

IN THE SAME CATKIN (ANDROGYNOUS); USUALLY IN HYBRID WILLOWS

CATKINS OR AMENTS) MAY BE WHITE, BLACK, GRAY, SILVER, PINK OR RED

AND OFTEN CHANGE COLOR FROM WHEN THEY FIRST APPEAR TO MATURITY

SOME WILLOWS FLOWER BEFORE THE LEAVES APPEAR (PUSSY WILLOWS);

THE TERM USED TO DESCRIBE THIS IS PRECOCIOUS

PUSSY WILLOWS CAN BE COPPICED EVERY YEAR AND WILL BLOOM NEXT SPRING

SOME WILLOWS PRODUCE CATKINS ON SHORT LEAFY GROWTHS;

THE TERM TO DESCRIBE THIS IS COETANEOUS

THESE WILLOWS TAKE SEVERAL YEARS TO FLOWER AFTER COPPICING

SOME TAKE SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE THEY PRODUCE ANY CATKINS

MALE  CATKINS HAVE BOTH NECTAR AND POLLEN

BEES  HARVESTED BOTH NECTAR AND POLLEN SINCE THE CRETACEOUS PERIOD

BOTH MAKE GREAT TASTING HONEY  

WILLOWS ARE NOTORIOUS PHILANDERERS;  POLLENATING INSECTS TRAVEL

BETWEEN CATKINS OF ANY SPECIES IN BLOOM. THIS CAN CREATE PROGENY WITH

MIXED PARENTAGE AND A NIGHTMARE FOR TAXONOMISTS

GROW ALMOST ANYWHERE,  EVEN POOR AND POLLUTED SOILS

ALL THE WILLOWS WE OFFER ARE HARDY TO USDA ZONE 4, SOME HARDIER!

MOST WILLOWS ARE NOT EATEN BY DEER  

DEER WILL NOT EAT SALIX PURPUREA AND SALIX TRIANDRA

A DENSE WILLOW FENCE/FEDGE WILL KEEP DEER OUT

VARIEGATED WILLOWS TURN GREEN WHEN GROWN IN SHADE!

GREAT LONG-LASTING CUT FLOWERS AND BRIGHT COLORED STEMS

FOR WINTER DISPLAYS; INSIDE OR OUT

FIRST WOODY PLANT TO FLOWER IN SPRING

LAST TREE TO LOSE ITS LEAVES IN AUTUMN

ONE BLOOMS OCTOBER THROUGH APRIL!

WILLOWS HAVE YEAR-ROUND INTEREST

WEEPING WILLOW TREES ALL CONTAIN GENES FROM THE CHINESE SALIX

BABYLONICA AS IT IS THE ONLY TREE WILLOW WITH THAT GENE!

SALIX BABYLONICA WAS GIVEN THAT NAME BY CAROLUS LINNAEUS, THE FATHER OF MODERN TAXONOMY, PROBABLY BECAUSE OF A PASSAGE IN THE BIBLE:

By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.

On the willows there we hung up our lyres.  Psalms 137: 1-2

WHEN THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN THERE WERE NO WEEPING WILLOWS IN BABYLON!

WHAT WAS REFERRED TO WERE REALLY POPLARS    

A WILLOW GARDEN IS CALLED A SALLEY GARDEN IN BRITAIN AND IRELAND

"Salley" or "sally" is a form of the Standard English word "sallow", i.e., a tree of the genus Salix

It is close in sound to the Irish word saileach, meaning Willow.

Below is a link to a sung version to a beautiful Irish song "Down by the Salley Garden"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=027ZJX5XVjs

WILLOW USES

BASKETRY

GARDEN ART AND STRUCTURES

PLANT SUPPORTS

BIODEGRADABLE COMPOST BINS

BIRD FEEDERS

CUT STEMS FOR FORCING

FENCES , FEDGES AND WATTLES – LIVE AND DRIED WILLOWS

SCREENS AND WINDBREAKS

HERODOTUS DESCRIBED CORACLES BUILT WITH WILLOWS

IN THE 5TH CENTURY BC

ARTIST’S FINE CHARCOAL

FOOD FOR BOVINES, RABBITS AND GOATS

SPEARS FOR ATLATL THROWERS

EVEN CRICKET BATS

LIVING STRUCTURES

DOMES, TUNNELS, CHAIRS, ARCHES, TEMPLES, TEE-PEES

WOVEN TREES IN CONTAINERS = "HARLEQUIN TREES"

CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSES

CHICKEN AND RABBIT TUNNELS TO HIDE FROM HAWKS

'LIVING CATHEDRALS'

PHYTOREMEDIATION

WILLOWS CLEAN UP TOXIC WASTE SITES BY

ABSORBING CHEMICALS AND HEAVY METALS

WILLOWS CAN BE GROWN UNDER WALNUT TREES AS THEY ARE NOT AFFECTED BY THE CHEMICAL JUGLONE THAT WALNUTS PRODUCE

BIOFUELS

FOR BURNING DIRECTLY AND TO MAKE ETHANOL

WILLOWS ARE ENVIRONMENTLY SUPERIOR TO CORN FOR ETHANOL

AS THEY DO NOT HAVE TO BE PLANTED EVERY YEAR AND DON'T NEED  THE USE OF WEEDKILLERS AND OTHER PESTICIDES TO GROW

MEDICAL USE

ANCIENT EGYPTIANS, ASSYRIANS AND HERODOTUS (5THC BC)

DESCRIBED USING WILLOWS AS A PAIN KILLER

ASPIRIN WAS FIRST DERIVED FROM SALICIN FROM SALIX

NATIVE AMERICANS CHEWED WILLOW STICKS FOR TOOTHACHE

AND OTHER PAIN

SALICYLIC ACID FROM WILLOWS IS USED TO CONTROL

DANDRUFF AND WARTS

SALICYLIC ACID WAS THE FIRST CHEMICAL ROOTING AGENT

FOR HARD-TO-ROOT PLANTS

BIODEGRADABLE COFFINS AND URNS FOR ASHES

WILLOW = SAULE = WEIDE = SAUCE = SALICE = ива = Yángliǔ = YANAGI

English = French = German = Spanish = Italian = Russian = Chinese = Japanese

Salix 'Showtime', perhaps the most free-flowering pussy-willows ever developed.



275ft Fedge built by Michael, April 23rd 2016, Greenwich, CT

For more photos and information, please click this link below

sleepy cat farm fedge

Salix daphnoides 'Red Rocket' <Sold out  An exciting new willow

found in the Arboretum of the Canadian Experimental Farm in Ottawa.

Salix interior 'Filigree' is a lacy, bright green willow we found growing beside a footpath in Tennessee two years ago on our way home from Santa Fe, NM

Salix irrorata 'Violet Beauty' is a distinct selection we named of this Southwest native with dark red stems that turn violet in early fall. The red flower buds add contrast!

This willow thrives equally well in the Northeast.

Salix triandra 'Black Hollander',

one of three new Triandra varieties we offer this year.