Willow Cuttings

Dunbar Gardens willow cuttings

Dunbar Gardens willow cuttings

We have been selling willow cuttings for propagation since 2007. These hardwood cuttings are an easy and reliable way to grow new willow plantings. The willow varieties in the table have grown well at Dunbar Gardens in northwest Washington. Most of them are very useful for basket making; some are good for hedges, living fences, sculptural work, or garden ornamentals. There will be variation in the color of both the fresh and dried rods. Order instructions and prices are further down the page. There are also planting and growing tips further down the page which are included with orders. Please keep in mind that these cuttings are intended for use in gardens or where there is active control of weeds and grass. These are not large enough for conservation type plantings.

Willow cuttings list of varieties: Here is a list and short descriptions of the willows we offer. You will also find several collections of varieties that we offer as packages further down the page.



Coppiced Height & Color Fresh


Dicky Meadows

S. purpurea

5-8' light green & red

Productive, great for baskets. Beautiful hedge.

Green Dicks

S. purpurea

5-7' olive green & red

Great for weaving baskets

Lancashire Dicks

S. purpurea

5-7' green to red

Slender rods

Dark Dicks

S. purpurea

6-8' dark red

Longer, larger with nice color. Holds leaves longer into fall.

Brittany Greens

S. purpurea

6-8' mottled red over green

Long, nice for weavers, but soft not as good for borders.


S. purpurea

5-8' green to purple

Long, slender rods.

Hutchinson's Red

S. purpurea

5-8' red brown

Long, slender rods.

Light Dicks

S. purpurea

5-7' pale red brown

Despite the name, dark rods.


S. purpurea

6-8' golden green

Early catkins. Dried rods a vibrant green.


S. purpurea

6-8' olive green to red

Larger purpurea.


S. purpurea

5-8' pale green to red

Good for weaving, long rods for living willow work.


S. purpurea

6-8' green to dark red

Some branching, rather large but very nice to weave with


S. purpurea

6-9' light green to brown

Large rods, early fairly large catkins

Polish purple

S. purpurea

5-8' green to red / purple

Some branching; dries dark brown. Good weaver.


S. purpurea

6-9' green to reddish brown

Large stocky rods, living willow structures. Previously mis-identified as S. americana.


S. purpurea

5-7' brown

Very thin rods, a little branchy, holds leaves late.

Packing Twine

S. purpurea

5-8' brown

Variety from Ireland.

Purpurea x daphnoides

S. purpurea x daphnoides

5-8' green to purple

Long slender dark rods.


S. x calliantha

4-6' dark red

Slender rods, a purpurea x daphnoides hybrid

Black Maul

S. triandra

5-8' brown

Classic British basket willow but doesn't do well in most of US.

Noir de Villaines

S. triandra

5-8' dark brown

Nice brown color, rather large but nice weaver. Living fences

Noir de Touraine

S. triandra

5-8' dark brown

Slender triandra. Living fences.


S. triandra

6-8' green

Dries light brown, nice aroma.


S. americana

5-8' red

Reddish brown, good weaver

Harrison's B

S. x rubra

6-10' reddish brown

Stocky, but beautiful color and nice for weaving.


S. x rubra

7-10' green

Large, stocky rods for living willow projects. Dries dark brown.

Continental Osier

S. x rubra

7-10' green

Large rods for living willow, hurdles. Dries light brown.


S. koriyanagi

7-10' brown

Early abundant pink catkins.

Flander's Red

S. x fragilis

3-8' green turning red in winter

Some branching, waxy stems.


S. x fragilis

3-8' green to red

Waxy olive green rods. Strong columnar tree.


S. x fragilis

5-9' yellow to orange tips

Many unbranched yellow rods after established


S. x fragilis

5-9' orange to red

Branchy, beautiful color but difficult for basket borders. Lovely scent when dry.


S. x fragilis

5-9' yellow to red

Similar to Britzensis but more yellow


S. x fragilis

6-9' orange to red

Great winter color. Good for side weavers.

Natural Red

S. x fragilis

6-9' yellow to red

Grows yellow, dries red.

Jaune de Falaise

S. x fragilis

5-8' yellow

Slender rods, dries red.

Fransgeel Rood

S. x fragilis

5-8' yellow to orange to red

Slender rods, dries red.


S. x fragilis

6-9' yellow

Large rods


S. xfragilis

6-8' yellow to orange

Vigorous large rods, winter color.

Blue Streak

S. acutifolia

6-10' white bloom on green to purple

Silvery white catkins. Can bloom from December through March. Nice ornamental.

Continental Purple

S. daphnoides

6-10' purple to black

Beautiful dark stout rods.


S. daphnoides

6-10' purple to black

Dark stout rods. Early large catkins make nice floral cuttings.


S. myrsinifolia

5-9' black

Black when fresh, soaks up dark red.


S. amplexicaulis

4-6'dark purple

Slender but branchy, holds leaves very late, small early catkins clustered on branch ends.


S. irrorata

Dark red covered in powdery white in winter.

Southwest native, winter ornamental, not vigorous.

Fanny's White

S. x fragilis decipiens

4' Light brown or cream

White Welsh willow

Nancy Saunders

S. purpurea

2-5' red

Fine red stems, nice small shrub, a little brittle when weaving


S. purpurea 'nana'

2-5' brown, red buds

Very fine rods, small cuttings make propagation difficult.

willow cuttings rainbow


  • S. purpurea varieties are the best choice to produce rods for weaving when coppiced in most locations. Our favorites are Dicky Meadows, Green Dicks, Dark Dicks, Brittany Greens, Bleu, Goldstones, Hutchinson’s Red, Jagiellonka, Irette, Packing Twine.
  • S. triandra varieties are good basketry willows but do not grow well in most places. Suitable for locations with cooler, milder weather like maritime influenced climates. Favorites include Whissender and Noir de Villaines.
  • Some other good choices for basketry in most locations include Purpurea x daphnoides, Salix americana, Harrison’s B, Flanders Red.
  • We offer several S. x fragilis varieties that range in the yellow to red tip color when fresh. Most dry to a reddish brown color. These can be a bit branchy or stocky depending on the climate but usually produce nice rods after a couple years of coppicing. Our favorites include Jaune de Falaise, Natural Red, Farndon, Fransgeel Rood.
  • S. daphnoides and S. acutifolia have rods in the purple color range. They often have a white ‘bloom’ on the older wood. This bloom sometimes appears after they are harvested. Some nice varieties are Continental Purple, Blue Streak, Dugpil and S. acutifolia unnamed.
  • Remember that a bundle of 5 cuttings really won’t produce a significant number of rods. It does offer a way to trial a variety and produce more cuttings to propagate. In order to start growing enough to actually weave baskets it’s better to plant 20 or more of a few varieties.
  • Good varieties for living willow structures include Harrisons, Eugene, Goldstones, Continental Purple, Irish Red, Miyabeana and Suchow. For living fences Goldstones, Irette, Eugene, Whissender, Harrison’s B.
  • Most of the varieties have potential for harvesting bark. Bark is usually harvested from older rods. We use rods that are at least three years old. I would still recommend coppicing the first year after planting. The best bark will come from the long lower length of the rod that is fairly free of branches. Also it’s better to plant your willows for bark separate or on the north side of your planting to avoid shade. Some potential varieties for bark are Harrisons, Continental Purple, Basfordiana, Green Dicks.
  • Varieties with possible floral value include Stewartstown, Blue Streak, Irette, Rubykins, Bluestem, Pescara, Nancy Saunders, Melanostachys, Mount Aso.
  • Caution when ordering S. purpurea varieties in the Pacific Northwest. Some varieties are particularly attractive to a stem gall midge in the Cecidomyiidae family. The midge lays eggs in the stems and the larvae make a gall on the stem. The most susceptible varieties at our farm are Eugene, Lambertiana, Polish Purple, Leicestershire Dicks, Light Dicks, America, Richartii, Packing Twine, Vermont Red.

How to order willow cuttings:

I will be adding some new varieties to the list soon including Acutifolia, Dugpil, Le Bleu, Meikle, Black Hollander, Long Bud, Miyabeana, Suchow, Irish Red, Bouton Aigu, Vermont Red, Melanostachys, Mount Aso and Pink Delight. Thank you.

The best way to propagate willow is from dormant hardwood cuttings; so I have to limit the sales to the winter months. I start taking orders in December. To order send an e-mail to steve@dunbargardens.com with the name of the varieties and the quantity of each you would like to order. I will reply and confirm your order then send you a PayPal invoice for payment. You can use the provided link to pay online or you are welcome to send a check. Orders picked up at the farm can pay by cash, check or credit card when the order is picked up. No telephone orders please.

Can’t decide?

  • Basketmaker’s package: One bundle each of Dicky Meadows, Green Dicks, Dark Dicks, Goldstones, Jagiellonka, Packing Twine, Purpurea x daphnoides, Americana, Harrison’s B, Jaune de Falaise. $100 plus applicable shipping and tax.
  • Color package: One bundle each of Irette, Calliantha, Britzensis, Farndon, Natural Red, Golden, Continental Purple, Blue Streak, Stewartstown, Flanders Red. $100 plus applicable shipping and taxes.

2023 Willow Cuttings Prices:

  • $10 per bundle of 5 cuttings.
  • 10 bundles minimum order for mail orders. No minimum for on farm purchases.
  • $25 per order for shipping and handling out of state. $15 in Washington State. Additional shipping on orders over 250 cuttings.
  • Washington State residents pay sales tax based on the delivery address. On farm purchases pay sales tax of 8.6%. Currently no sales tax for other states.
  • For small or very large orders we suggest other sources: Lakeshore Willows, Vermont Willows, Living Willow Farm, Willowglen Nursery.

willow cuttings packageOur production of willows for Katherine’s baskets allows us to select good sized cuttings to insure successful rooting in your garden. Our cuttings are 10-11 inches in length and fairly straight.

Full size rods for living willow fences and structures 7-10 feet in length are available only at the farm for pick-up.

Prices for full size rods:

We sell full size rods for living willow structures and fences for $4 to $6 each depending on size for pickup on the farm only in February-March. Limited supply due to last year’s dry summer.

We do not sell dried willow rods for basketmaking or weaving.

harvesting willow bundles

Planting willow cuttings and growing tips:

You can grow basket willows in a wide range of soil types, but they prefer well drained soils in full sun. The willows will grow in almost all areas of the US and are very hardy. Willows in general have a tendency to be variable to climate and growing conditions. Your willow bed should ideally be free of any perennial weeds. Get your willow growing area ready the year before you plant. The soil is often too wet in the early spring when you will want to plant the cuttings. Some people choose to plant through a weed barrier fabric. Make sure you cut larger enough holes in the poly to avoid girdling of the stem as the plant grows in subsequent years.

Spring is the best time to plant willow cuttings. February through April. You can leave the willow cuttings in your fridge until you are ready to plant them. Plant when the ground has thawed and danger of hard frost has passed. If you garden, a good time to plant coincides with early crops like peas or when daffodils are blooming. Later is fine if it allows you to prepare the area and control weeds. planting willow cuttings

Willow cuttings root easily. Plant by simply pushing the cuttings into the ground with the buds facing up. If the soil is rocky or compacted, make a hole with a dibber for each cutting. Try to plant the cuttings 6 to 9 inches into the ground. Leave 2 or 3 buds above the soil surface. Firm the soil around the planted cuttings.

Maintain and check for adequate soil moisture during the first summer. Minimize competition for water and sunlight from weeds or other plants. Mulching the plants can be helpful.

new willow planting

new willow planting at Dunbar Gardens

Spacing of the willow cuttings depends on several factors including how the willow will be harvested, how weeds will be controlled, variety, and soil fertility. We are using a spacing of 6 inches in the row by 36 inches between rows for most of our basket varieties. We have also used 12 inches by 24 inches. Wider spacing is appropriate for producing large rods for garden structures, trellises, or living fences; or when growing in poor soils. Hedges can be planted in a single row spaced from 12 to 24 inches; or a double row planted 24 inches apart with the plants offset. coppiced basketry willow

Basket willows are usually coppiced to the ground annually, including the first year. Only an inch of the original stem needs to be left above the soil the second spring. Find more info and photos about coppicing here on our blog. This approach will give you more straight and uniform rods. We do leave some rods to grow for two or three years for sticks, stakes, and for peeling.

You can choose to grow all your willows as pollards which is an attractive landscape feature and keeps the willows up higher away from browsers and weeds. Attractive hedges can be produced by coppicing alternate plants in alternate years just before the willow leafs out in the spring. The result is a hedge that will look good year round; highlighting the winter rods that are more colorful in the first and second years growth. Take a look at our webpage about basketry willow for some more information and photos of the willow at Dunbar Gardens: basketry willow.

Spike inspects the basketry willow

Spike inspects the basket willow