Salix ‘Winter Green’
S. miyabeana x ?
formerly ‘Hill’s Black’
This vigorous grower maybe a great selection of S. miyabeana with an unknown partner. It probably grows to 30ft or more unless coppiced. It differs from S. miyabeana in having no stipules at the base of the leaves. Because of the confusing name given previously (‘Hill’s Black’) I have renamed it ‘Winter Green’, as the fresh young stems are a very bright green and striking in the winter landscape. Whatever the real name is, it’s one heck of a vigorous grower. In one year after coppicing it grows 8-12ft with very few branches (in 2014 it had stems 14ft long in a perfect growing year!).
USES: It’s one of the best varieties for living fences and structures, as well as coarse basketry. Incidentally beavers love this willow, I put an electric fence in front of these plants in the nursery set at 8in above the ground to keep them out--it worked (it doesn't work for rabbits, maybe woodchucks....?)
Freshly cut stems ready for a living structure, with young flowers on twigs from the top of the rods.
Male catkins expand to 2-3in long (typical of S. miyabeana)
and have tiny leaf scales at their base. Late-March.
‘Winter Green’ in the nursery in early October.
That’s a 5ft stake in front of them showing how tall they row in one year after coppicing. The front plants were coppiced by beaver earlier in mid-summer!
I created this wattle out of 'Winter Green' in about 30 minutes to save our tulips from being knocked down by our dogs chasing squirrels and chipmunks. This is ‘River’, one of our Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retrievers. Mid-May.
Below: foliage of 'Winter Green' is similar to miyabeana, but more refined
Rods of 'Winter Green' (left) with the coarser S. miyabeana being presoaked for shipping to encourage root initials to form.
A "stool" of 'Winter Green' illustrating the large numbers of rods this variety produces.
'Winter Green' is a male selection with bright stems and long rods.
Above late-April. Right: early-April.
'Winter Green' showing off its
bright green stems and long rods.
Below: Male catkins in various stages of development. Early-April.
The Wonderful World of Willows
Vermont Willow Nursery
$12.50 per bundle of 5
When 'Winter Green' is in full flower, bees appear in clouds to gather the nectar and pollen.
Those black dots at upper right are some of them! Late-April