purpurea - Purple Willow
Here are 2 pictures of Salix purpurea, Purple
Picture of Salix purpurea in July
Picture of Salix purpurea in March
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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.