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Salix purpurea 'Nancy Saunders' (Purple willow 'Nancy Saunders')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4m
Max height
4m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Salix purpurea 'Nancy Saunders'

Other names

Purple willow 'Nancy Saunders', Purple osier 'Nancy Saunders'

Genus

Salix Salix

Variety or Cultivar

'Nancy Saunders' _ 'Nancy Saunders' is a upright to spreading, deciduous shrub or small tree with glossy, maroon stems bearing narrowly oblong, grey-green leaves and small, silvery catkins in early spring.


Salix purpurea 'Nancy Saunders' is: Deciduous

Habit

Spreading, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Silvery-grey in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Yellow in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Leaf beetles (willow and poplar) , Sawflies Aphids , Caterpillars , Leaf beetles (willow and poplar) , Sawflies

Anthracnose diseases , Rust Anthracnose diseases , Rust

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Can be coppiced to maintain shoot colour.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Salix purpurea 'Nancy Saunders' (Purple willow 'Nancy Saunders') will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in deep, moist but well-drained soil in sun. Avoid shallow, chalky soils.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive, 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 purpurea 'Nancy Saunders'

Other names

Purple willow 'Nancy Saunders', Purple osier 'Nancy Saunders'

Genus

Salix Salix

Variety or Cultivar

'Nancy Saunders' _ 'Nancy Saunders' is a upright to spreading, deciduous shrub or small tree with glossy, maroon stems bearing narrowly oblong, grey-green leaves and small, silvery catkins in early spring.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Spreading, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Silvery-grey in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Yellow in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Leaf beetles (willow and poplar) , Sawflies

Specific diseases

Anthracnose diseases , Rust

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Can be coppiced to maintain shoot colour.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Salix purpurea 'Nancy Saunders' (Purple willow 'Nancy Saunders') will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in deep, moist but well-drained soil in sun. Avoid shallow, chalky soils.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive, 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 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Salix purpurea 'Nancy Saunders' (Purple willow 'Nancy Saunders')

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 purpurea 'Nancy Saunders' (Purple willow 'Nancy Saunders')

Common pest name

Japanese swift moth

Scientific pest name

Endoclita excrescens

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

Polyphagous moth pest whose larvae feed off a range of herbaceous and woody hosts. Native to East Asia where substantial impacts have been observed; and current import requirements do not fully mitigate the risk of introduction. A PRA will help to assess the level of risk more fully.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Salix purpurea 'Nancy Saunders' (Purple willow 'Nancy Saunders')

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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