422 Bath Road
Brunswick, ME 04011
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Falmouth, ME 04105
201 Gray Rd (Route 100)
Cumberland, ME 04021
Dwarf Arctic Willow
Salix purpurea 'Gracilis'
Dwarf Arctic Willow
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Height: 5 feet
Spread: 7 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3b
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
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.
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
- 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.