Salix purpurea ‘Pendula’
purpurea = purple
This is the weeping form of a female Purple Willow and it’s a handsome plant worthy of a space in any garden. It is often grown as a top-grafted weeping standard. Hardy Zone 3.
USES: Ornamental weeping shrub. Could be used in basketry in a pinch, but there are better varieties for that. Also great cascading over large rocks and tumbling into a pool or pond.
below: Female catkins in various stages of development.
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'Pendula' has typical purpurea foliage, but with a weeping habit.
above and below: Two specimens of S. caprea 'Pendula' in the Waterfall Garden
of the Chicago Botanical Garden.
Top photo is a shrub not coppiced and below is coppiced, resulting in much denser growth, but not as weeping.
That will happen in the second year after coppicing!
A top-grafted specimen in the charming New Brunswick Garden in Edmunston, Canada
The trunk is the dark area, left of center.
That's their Rock Garden at right.