Violet Willow Salix Daphnoides

Description & features

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Product description

SALIX DAPHNOIDES – Violet Willow

Characteristics

Violet Willow is a vigorous upright tree, the young shoots are covered by a plum coloured bloom is a striking feature in winter.

Rarely getting larger than 12m (40ft) violet willow grows quickly at first growing up to 2m (6ft) annually them slows to only 0.5m (1½ft) as it nears maturity.

Where to grow

All willows are extremely adaptable trees they will grow in most conditions including very poor permanently waterlogged soils.  They will also do very well in good conditions and will tolerate a certain amount of maritime exposure.  They do however require a sunny spot.

Did you know?

It is often grown as coppice for its delicate violet winter colour and the bright yellow catkins in spring.   The coppice wands can be used for basket making.

 

Features

Mature height
Medium - 10-15 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Conical
Growth rate
Very Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Winter
Summer
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Moisture levels
Wet/Water logged sites
Other
Good for Windy sites
Uses
Screening
Garden Tree
Wind break
Bee Friendly
Pollarding/Coppice
Sound Barrier

Features

Mature height
Medium - 10-15 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Conical
Growth rate
Very Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Winter
Summer
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Moisture levels
Wet/Water logged sites
Other
Good for Windy sites
Uses
Screening
Garden Tree
Wind break
Bee Friendly
Pollarding/Coppice
Sound Barrier

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


Comments

By Debbie Bowden on 17/02/2014

We currently have a stand of Bamboo which we would like to take out as it looks unnatural in our field, but was put there about 5 years ago to help with septic tank grey water over flow.  We would like to replace it with Willow and/or Dogwood.  Could you suggest a nice combination that would not look too out of place in semi rural France?

Many thanks
Debbie

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