Black Pussy Willow

sold out

for Spring 2018

sold out

for Spring 2018

sold out

for Spring 2018

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!

We are sold out of both of these items

NEW WILLOWS FOR 2018

Through the generosity of fellow willow enthusiasts we are delighted to offer 12 new-to-us willows.

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


Salix 'Bankers' (S. eriocephala selection/hybrid?)

Salix euxina 'Bullata' (it's the real thing!)

Salix koreensis  

Salix myricoides 'Bronze Beauty'

Salix purpurea 'Goldstones'

Salix purpurea 'Jagiellonka'

Salix purpurea 'Lambertiana' (it's the real thing!)

Salix purpurea 'Light Dicks'

Salix purpurea 'Vermont Red'

Salix 'Rabbit's Foot' (S. xleucopithecia selection)

Salix suchowensis

Salix tenuijulis (albertii)

WILLOWS  ~ SALIX  ~  IN THE FAMILY SALICACEAE


Cut stems of Giant Pussy Willow and the

Black Pussy Willow 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

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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

CUTTINGS 1FT TO 20 FT LONG WILL ROOT IF GIVEN WATER


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

ALMOST ALL WEEPING WILLOW TREES 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'

RIVER AND STREAM BANK RESTORATION

WILLOWS ARE USED EXTENSIVELY FOR RESTORING ERODED OR DISTURBED BANKS.  THEY ARE ONE OF THE FEW WOODY PLANTS THAT  ROOT QUICKLY AND EASILY FROM CUTTINGS; THUS MAKING SUCH PROJECTS MUCH CHEAPER THAN USING ESTABLISHED PLANTS.

http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/restoration/techniques/srrestoration.html

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. THEY DO NOT HAVE TO BE PLANTED EVERY YEAR AND DON'T NEED  THE USE OF WEEDKILLERS AND POISONOUS 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

OTHER USES

BIODEGRADABLE COFFINS AND URNS FOR ASHES

IN YOM KIPPUR CEREMONIES IN OCTOBER. THE FOUR SPECIES:

On the first day, you will take for yourselves a fruit of a beautiful tree, palm branches, twigs of a braided tree and brook willows, and you will rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. -Leviticus 23:40

http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday5.htm

IN DYNGUS DAY EASTER CELEBRATIONS, ESPECIALLY IN BUFFALO NY,

  PUSSY WILLOWS ARE USED IN "FROLICKING FUN" https://www.dyngusday.com


Willow in other languages


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

  English     French     German    Spanish     Italian     Russian    Chinese    Japanese


SEILEACH  =  HELYG  = SELJE  = VIDE  =  PADU = WILG = עֲרָבָה

         Scottish       Welsh     Norwegian    Swedish    Finnish    Dutch   Hebrew

Salix 'Bankers' a cool selection of a native willow.



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

For more photos and information, please click this link below

sleepy cat farm fedge. Michael used Salix miyabeana.

Salix euxina 'Bullata'. We struggled for years to find this willow. Everytime I bought cuttings from another grower, they turned out to be Salix xfragilis. I finally found it in the Arboretum of the Canadian Experimental Farm in Ottawa labeled with the "old name" Salix xfragilis 'Bullata'. They kindly let me take cuttings of this willow in exchange for cuttings I supplied them.

Salix myricoides 'Bronze Beauty' is a branch sport we found in our nursery from a perfectly green parent. We propagated from this plant and every cutting produced identical plants.

Salix purpurea 'Vermont Red' was found growing "wild" in Vermont by the State Botanist. After some testing in New York State, we were given cuttings, permission to name it and offer it for sale by the USDA.

We think it's rather special.

our e-mail address:

willowmanvt@me.com

July 7, 2018

Orders may be placed now and will be shipped during our Spring 2019 Shipping Season.


We would like to thank our many wonderful customers who made this our most successful season ever.

No Shipping to Europe

The EU has a ban on all willows from the US. This is due to a pest called Xylella that infects grapes and olives; willow is an alternate host.


We do no business over the telephone,

please respect our privacy!

Facts About Vermont Willow Nursery

We offer 150 different willows; this is by far the largest willow offering in the country. Our complete Salix collection is larger than the collections of any nursery, Arboretum or Botanic Garden in North America!

We offer 20 native North American species, 4 cultivars and 2 hybrids. Largest such offering in the country!   See our "BEST WILLOWS FOR".... page!


Within the next 2 years we would like to sell this extremely successful business (sales increase of 40% this year); together with our extensive willow collection and our 1850's Farmhouse with 49 acres of land.

This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to live a new life style; get away from the rat-race of a city and live in a traffic free place (last house on a two-mile dead-end road).

We are prepared to help a new owner get established in the business.

If anyone is interested in grabbing this great opportunity, please contact us.

Willows listed by Common Names

Click here for cross references

Salix 'Rabbit's Foot' is a sport from 'Winter Glory' the Giant Pussy Willow seen at left. It was found and named by Dr. Julia Kuzovkina at the Flynn Nurseries in Ohio. It really is as cute as it looks, but I think they look like mice!

Salix suchowensis is a new-to-us willow that has been used in hybridizing willows in Korea for biofuel production. It also produces great rods for living structures.

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