purpurea - Richartii
Here are two pictures of Salix purpurea, Richartii showing
the growth to July.
Picture of Salix purpurea
Close up picture of Salix purpurea
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Salix purpurea is a shrub that can sometimes
grow in a low and spreading manner no more than 1.5m high and at
other time more robust growing as rounded bush or small tree to
5m high. The bark of the Purple willow is grey and smooth and yellow
when the out layer is peeled off. Twigs are glabrous, slender, tough
and flexible usually yellow or grey but sometimes tinged with red
Leaves of Salix purpurea are oblong, oblanceolate
or narrowly obovate and variable, 2-20cm, in length and, 0.5-3cm,
in width. They are a dull dark green above and paler and shinier
Catkins appear before the leaves in March or
April, sometime as late as May in the north. They are between 1.5
and 3cm long, densely flowered and black.
Salix purpurea is a locally common shrub of river margins
and wet ground widely distributed throughout Britain and Ireland.
It can be seen, far from habitation or cultivation, by streams or
on damp hillsides. There are a number of varieties grown for basket
making across the south of England. We have cultivated Dicky Meadows,
Dark Dicks, Light Dicks and Richartii at our coppice in Gloucestershire.
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