Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Arctic Blue Willow

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Medium
  • Scientific Name: Salix purpurea 'Arctic Blue Willow' Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Willow
  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 4-6'
  • Bloom Color: Not Applicable
  • Habit: Rounded
  • Culture:

    Adaptable. Tolerates wet sites. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    Fine textured blue-green leaves. Without annual pruning will quickly take on a twiggy and unkempt appearance.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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