Salix daphniodes in summer foliage on the Barcham Trees nursery
Salix daphniodes in summer foliage on the Barcham Trees nursery
Salix daphniodes in summer foliage on the Barcham Trees nursery
Medium Violet Willow from this batch

Salix daphnoides

Violet Willow

Estimated fully grown height 7-12m

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Product Details

Salix daphnoides is an interesting specimen of Willow that exhibits purple-violet shoots with new growth.  It was introduced into the UK in the late 1820’s and is believed to have been found in the wild from 1905 onwards, it is native to Northern Europe, Central Asia and the Himalayas and won the RHS Award of Merit in 1957.

The foliage of the Violet Willow is bright green and has a glossy, waxy coating.  The leaf shape is similar to most willows, being slender and pointed and turn a golden yellow in the autumn time.  The catkins appear in the spring time and contrast markedly with the bright purple-violet stems.

At maturity Salix daphnoides is slightly smaller than other willows, yet it is still considered to be vigorous.  It thrives on most soils, including wet ones and, like all Willows, is a super choice for routine coppicing.  Coppicing or pollarding not only has the capability to manage the ultimate height of this pretty tree, but also allows for its most prolific feature, the violet-purple stems, to be enjoyed as fully as possible.  Pruning such as this is best done during the winter time when the trees are not in leaf.

The Violet Willow is therefore a great candidate for smaller gardens that have wet soil.

Mature Height: 7-12m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland, Wetland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Wet, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

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Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.