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Salix purpurea

 
Salix purpurea
Common name purple willow; arctic willow
Family salicaceae
Life cycle shrub
Size 3'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Tidy mounded shrub with blue-green foliage and purple stems - the twigs have been used in basketmaking. Dependable garden denizen. It lived in our garden for about 15 years, during which it was pruned back hard on several occasions. In the end, despite the haircuts, it got too large for its place in the garden. Since moving it was out of the question, it met the gruesome fate of a chainsaw. But we'll always remember it fondly.

purple willow; arctic willow
The dense twig structure captures a lot of snow...
Salix purpurea
...and looks rather cool with ice, too!

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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