Dicky Meadows Basket Willow

Full Sun. Green, productive basket willow

Useful, easy-to-grow plants add a unique touch to landscapes.  In addition to their use for basket making, willows root very readily and a tea made from willows can be used to help cuttings from other plants root.  The bark is also a source of salicin, which is metabolized into salicylic acid, a precursor to aspirin.  They prefer moist sites in full sun but have proven to be very adaptable.  For growing rods to weave into baskets, they are best managed by coppicing or pollarding in which all or most of the plant is cut off each winter.  This forces new buds to sprout up fast and furious in the spring, creating long, straight shoots without branches.  It also keeps them to a small size since they will all grow into medium-sized trees with time.  Keep away from septic and water lines since their roots are very clever at finding water and nutrient sources!  

Mint green, productive and straight basket willow. . .

3″ pots $3.50, Quart pots $7, Gallon* pots $14

Availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.