Salix purpurea 'Nana'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: purple willow
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Salicaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 3.00 to 5.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 5.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Grayish-white
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Hedge, Rain Garden
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Wet Soil, Black Walnut


Grow in average, medium to wet soils in full sun. Prefers moist soils.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This purpleosier willow cultivar is a compact, rounded, deciduous shrub which typically grows to 5' tall and features attractive purple stems. Often best grown as a 2-3' tall, clipped shrub. Very narrow, blue-green leaves (to 4" long). Dioecious. Grayish-white male and female flowering catkins (1 inch) bloom in early spring before the foliage. Slender and supple twigs can be used to make baskets.


Susceptible to numerous foliar diseases, blights and cankers and many insect pests including aphids, scale and borers.

Garden Uses

Purple stems, catkins, ability to grow in wet conditions and winter interest are the main reasons for growing this shrub. Excellent clipped hedge. Grows well in moist places where other shrubs may falter. Excellent in low spots or along ponds or streams.