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Salix fargesii (Farges willow)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
3m
Max height
3m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Salix fargesii

Other names

Farges willow

Genus

Salix Salix

Species

S. fargesii - S. fargesii is an upright, open, wide-spreading, deciduous shrub with glossy, reddish-brown stems bearing bright red buds in autumn, oblong to elliptic, toothed, dark green leaves, silky beneath and bronze when young, and slender green catkins in spring.


Salix fargesii is: Deciduous

Habit

Open stems, Spreading, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Green in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green, Bronze-tinted in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Sawflies Aphids , Caterpillars , Sawflies

Rust Rust

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1 or pollard every 1-3 years for best shoot colour.

Propagation

Sow seed as soon as ripe in late spring. Seed has a very short viability.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Salix fargesii (Farges willow) will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 3m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Wildlife, Waterside, Low Maintenance, Hedging/Screens

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained or well-drained soil in sun. Tolerates partial shade. Resents shallow, chalky soil.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Salix fargesii

Other names

Farges willow

Genus

Salix Salix

Species

S. fargesii - S. fargesii is an upright, open, wide-spreading, deciduous shrub with glossy, reddish-brown stems bearing bright red buds in autumn, oblong to elliptic, toothed, dark green leaves, silky beneath and bronze when young, and slender green catkins in spring.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Open stems, Spreading, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Green in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green, Bronze-tinted in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Sawflies

Specific diseases

Rust

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1 or pollard every 1-3 years for best shoot colour.

Propagation

Sow seed as soon as ripe in late spring. Seed has a very short viability.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Salix fargesii (Farges willow) will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 3m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Wildlife, Waterside, Low Maintenance, Hedging/Screens

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained or well-drained soil in sun. Tolerates partial shade. Resents shallow, chalky soil.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Salix fargesii (Farges willow)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Agrilus fleischeri

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Pest of poplar; native to East Asia. Likely to be damaging if introduced to the UK. Protecting against the risk of entry via wood packaging material and other means remains a priority. A Europe-wide assessment would be helpful; to consider strengthened regulation.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Salix fargesii (Farges willow)

Common pest name

watermark disease of willow; willow vascular wilt; willow watermark disease; willow wilt

Scientific pest name

Brenneria salicis

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Bacterial organism causing watermark disease; which affects willow used for cricket bat production. Established in parts of England; despite long-standing powers for local authorities to take action; which have now been revoked.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Salix fargesii (Farges willow)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Hylesia nigricans

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

South American moth which could be damaging to broadleaf species if introduced to the UK; as well as having human health impacts. The main pathway is likely to be goods (including non-plant material) imported from South America and awareness raising with the main industry sectors is recommended.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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