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    Salix purpurea 'Gracilis'

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    Dwarf Arctic Willow (Salix purpurea 'Gracilis') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Dwarf Arctic Willow

    Dwarf Arctic Willow

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    Height:  5 feet

    Spread:  7 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun 

    Hardiness Zone:  3b

    Description:

    A popular medium-sized shrub with fine foliage and a consistent, rounded habit of growth; quite hardy, takes pruning well; ideal for form and texture in the garden, also makes an artistic hedge, memorable planted in masses

    Ornamental Features

    Dwarf Arctic Willow has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth bark and deep purple branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

    Landscape Attributes

    Dwarf Arctic Willow is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

    This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Dwarf Arctic Willow is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Hedges/Screening
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Dwarf Arctic Willow will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

    This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
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