Salix purpurea 'Goldstones'
Goldstones Purple Willow, Goldstones Basket Willow
- Main interest:
- upright, 6 to 8 ft long rods, basketry, dried vibrant green stems
- full sun
- Soil humidity:
- moist to wet soil
- Flower colour:
- pink turning yellow
- Flowering period:
- April to May
- dark green
- USDA Hardiness:
- zone 4a: -34.5 °C (-30 °F) View Zone Map
- Mature height & width (max.):
- height: 10 ft (3 m) width: 5 ft (1.5 m)
- screens, hedges, fedges, bank stabilization, pond or creek side, flower arrangements, living willow structures, cut stems
By all accounts, Salix purpurea ‘Goldstones’ is a very pretty basket weaving willow. New stems begin deep red mahogany; by October the bases transition to golden green and by the end of the winter, they shifted to a pale yellow tan. Tan is a rare colour for a purple willow. When dried the rods are a brilliant green (Dunbar Gardens). Similarly, the leaves start a pale green, darken on top; and become a glaucous blue, dominated by a pale mid-rib on the underside, by the autumn. Leaves stay late in the season. If left uncoppiced, makes a great screen or hedge.
Highly valued in basketry for its unique light colour when dried. Coppice to encourage more young stem growth.
$10.99 - $27.99
Also known as: Purple Osier Willow, Purpleosier Willow, Violet Willow