Purple Willow (Salix purpurea)
Purple willow is native to the UK and most of Europe and can also be fond in parts of Asia.
Useful info about Purple Willow trees
|Latin Name||Salix purpurea|
|Type||Deciduous (loses its leaves in winter)|
|Height||Can grow up to 5 metres (15 feet)|
|Spread||The branches can spread out to 5 metres (15 feet)|
|Soil Types Preferred||Clay, Sand|
|Locations Suitable||Farmland, Gardens, Parks|
|Flowers||Catkins in Spring|
|Celtic Tree Month||April 15 - May 12|
It can grow to 5m (15ft) tall and is commonly found in wet and waterlogged locations.
Willows are very adaptable trees and will grow in most conditions, including waterlogged soils, but they prefer sunny spots.
The twigs are very supple and tough which make it very suitable for basket making.
Any uses for trees or tree extracts, whether edible or medicinal, have not been tried or tested by EFORESTS.
Please take caution and seek proper advice before attempting any recipes or medicinal extracts from any of the trees listed on our site.
Culture and Symbolism
The Purple Willow tree is believed to represent survival, adaptability, fertility and new life.
Willows used to be associated with celebration but they are now associated with sadness and mourning. In northern regions willow branches are used, instead of palm branches, to celebrate Palm Sunday.
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