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Salix purpurea

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Salicaceae
Scientific name  Salix purpurea
Order  Malpighiales
Genus  Salix
Rank  Species
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Similar  Salix viminalis, Salix fragilis, Salix caprea, White willow, Salix triandra

Salix purpurea pruning


Salix purpurea (purple willow purpleosier willow or purple osier) is a species of willow native to most of Europe and western Asia north to the British Isles, Poland, and the Baltic States.

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It is a deciduous shrub growing to 1-3 m (rarely to 5 m) tall, with purple-brown to yellow-brown shoots, turning pale grey on old stems. The leaves are 2-8 cm (rarely to 12 cm) long and 0.3-1 cm (rarely 2 cm) wide; they are dark green above, glaucous green below, and unusually for a willow, are often arranged in opposite pairs rather than alternate. The flowers are small catkins 1.5-4.5 cm long, produced in early spring; they are often purple or red in colour, whence the name of the species (other willows mostly have whitish, yellow or green catkins).

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The wood of this species is used in making cricket bats.

It is replaced further east in Asia by the closely related species Salix sinopurpurea (syn. S. purpurea var. longipetiolatea).

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As with several other willows, the shoots, called withies, are often used in basketry.

Salix purpurea trimming


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References

Salix purpurea Wikipedia