The Wonderful World of Willows
Vermont Willow Nursery
Salix purpurea x koriyanagi
NEW FOR 2017
Cuttings of this hybrid were given to me by a friend who wouldn't tell me from where he obtained them--so he must have been naughty! I know it is a patented variety as it is a cross between the purple willow and the Korean willow (perhaps 'Allegany'?) and these hybrids are all patented. Unfortunately we haven't figured out which patented variety this is, but we still have to pay the patent fee. This is a female selection and is a vigorous grower with clean foliage rarely bothered by pests and diseases.
This is an inspired cross as these willows are two of the finest species I grow and the cross is even finer in some ways. For one thing it has inherited the pest resistance and lack of early leaf drop from Salix koriyanagi and is deer resistant.
USES: Makes great slender rods for fine basketry and other art projects; also the rods are great for elegant willow structures such as Harlequin Trees.
Stages of development of the female catkins.
$14.50 per bundle of 5,
Vigorous growth in the nursery Summer and Winter.
Foliage is intermediate between the two species; the reddish coloring on the new foliage makes for a colorful display.
Clean, green foliage is some of the most pest-resistant in all willows!