Salix purpurea ‘Pendula’

purpurea = purple

Weeping Purple Willow

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.


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below: Female catkins in various stages of development.

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Late April, above and below.

above and below: Two specimens of S. caprea 'Pendula' in the Waterfall Garden

of the Chicago Botanical Garden in mid May.

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. early July.

That's their Rock Garden at right.

Mid May, above and below.

Mid May, above and below.

A female catkin with swollen ovaries full of seeds. Mid May.