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Willow is a fast growing, versatile plant used for centuries by many cultures to build crab or lobster pots, a fascinating boat called a coracle, vessels for carrying and storage, furniture, biomass fuel, erosion control, windbreaks, shelters, hurdles, plant supports and sculptures. Did you know that willow is also used to make artists charcoal and pain relievers? Willows have been planted to clean up toxic waste sites by taking up chemicals and heavy metals from the soil and can grow under walnut trees because they are not effected by the chemical juglone that walnuts produce. There are hundreds willow or 'Salix' species of trees and shrubs and many hybrids, growing from 6cm to 20m in height. We grow approximately 30 varieties best suited to basketry and living willow projects. All of the varieties we sell are hardy to zones 2-3. Willow is a wonderful material to work with, extremely strong but very flexible, it can be used either fresh (for living willow) or dried and rehydrated (for basketry).
SOME OF OUR BASKETRY WILLOW VARIETIES CAN BE GROWN AS BEAUTIFUL ORNAMENTALS, WITH INTERESTING COLOUR FOR HEDGING, PRIVACY SCREENING OR WINDBREAKS. THESE CAN BE STARTED FROM RODS OR CUTTINGS.
Most sites are suitable for growing willow, although it does prefer at least one half day of sun. Willow does not require a completely wet site, but it's best planted in an area with access to water for the first year or during drought conditions. This fast growing plant can be coppiced (cut down) yearly for a continual supply of weaving rods, or left to grow for two or three years to produce thicker, longer rods suitable for furniture making or fence posts. Once these larger rods are cut to the ground this miraculous plant just keeps on growing!
In addition to kits for living willow projects, we offer bulk orders for rods and cuttings.
living willow Rods
Willow structures transform the landscape. There are many ways willow can be used in the garden, park or school yard as shelters, privacy fencing, living sculpture, and play huts. A quick way to establish privacy in a garden is to grow a willow fedge (hedge+fence). Plant willow rods and weave them together, then either prune the lower growth to create an open lattice effect leaving all of the new growth on top, or let it grow along the stems for an instant privacy hedge.
If you are planning a large structure, such as a maze or arbor, you can purchase willow rods for your own design.
We offer living willow rods for sale in March or April (depending on the spring thaw). Prices for 5ft-7ft rods are $3.00 each with a minimum order of 30 rods. Limited quantities of larger 7ft - 9ft rods are available for $5.00 each.
If you have space and a suitable growing site why not grow your own sustainable willow plants for craft projects at your school or home. Willow cuttings are a great way to start a basketry garden or plant a large area such as a stream bank for erosion control or extensive area for windbreak or privacy.
We offer cuttings for sale in March or April (depending on the spring thaw). Cuttings are $1.75 each, minimum order of 30 cuttings. Cutting varieties available for sale are listed on our order page.
Willow Garden Bed: Includes 45 Cuttings of 5 varieties of your choice plus landscape fabric, sod staples and instruction. Garden planting area is 10ft x 10ft. $119