Weeping Purple Willow Salix Purpurea Pendula

Description & features

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
15L pot size / 1.25-1.50m
£54.00

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

British Grown - The British Grown logo denotes plants and trees that have been both propagated and grown in the UK. Read more

Product description

SALIX PURPUREA PENDULA – Weeping Purple Willow

Characteristics

This is a weeping form of Purple osier which is a shrub willow with graceful branches and linear narrowly oblong leaves, which have vivid blue-white undersides.

As with other willows for small gardens this clone is grafted onto stem.  This makes a wide spreading head with a tangle of more of less pendulous branches.

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?

At one time this was known as ‘American’ weeping willow, but the reason for this common name is now lost.

 

Features

Mature height
Very Small up to 5 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Weeping
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Winter
Summer
Leaf
Silver/Blue
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Small leaves
Moisture levels
Wet/Water logged sites
Other
Good for Windy sites
Uses
Small garden Tree
Suitable for Containers
Suitable for Patio

Features

Mature height
Very Small up to 5 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Weeping
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Winter
Summer
Leaf
Silver/Blue
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Small leaves
Moisture levels
Wet/Water logged sites
Other
Good for Windy sites
Uses
Small garden Tree
Suitable for Containers
Suitable for Patio

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 Andy Landers on 07/03/2017

Please can you tell me if you sell weeping willows that will give a good shape ie end branches falling to the ground but which does not grow huge when mature.
Regards
Andy

By Simon on 08/03/2017

Hello Andy,

Have you looked at Salix caprea Pendula, the Kilmarnock Willow? That is a very small weeping type.The traditional Golden weeping willow (Salix vitellina Pendula) grows very large. Another weeping tree that doesn’t get so tall is Young’s weeping birch (Betula pendula Youngii).

By Mark howe on 14/09/2019

Hi I am looking for a weeping tree to plant in a field location a badgworth nr rooksbridge
The ground gets very wet in winter
This will be a specimen tree
In memory of someone
I need something not too big but on the other hand must be big enough to stand out
Obviously it must be able to tolerate the wet winter conditions
Thanks mark

By Simon on 23/09/2019

Hello Mark,

While i think the tree will cope with these conditions i am not sure it would make a good specimen field tree. The only weeping tree that would get big enough would be the classic weeping willow.

I hope this helps.

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