Willow and Poplar
Willow and Poplar
Willows and poplars represent two genus that are incredible in their ability to grow under terrible conditions. Often thriving right out of the mud with no top soil, these plants are the best at producing biomass. They also provide excellent habitat and food for a plethora of birds and mammals.
Willow and poplar cuttings are best planted dormant. They are sent in either November or April. They are extremely easy to root and no special treatment is required. Just stick them in the ground. Good weed control will result in well established plants after one season.
Cuttings are 10-12" long.
Streamco Willow: Ultra vigorous shrubby willow used widely in stream restoration and erosion projects. Great for biomass and baskets too. Deer resistant
Basket Willow (salix purperea): Beautiful native shrubby willow, produces excellent stems for basket making. Vigorous and deer resistant.
Giant Pussy Willow (salix discolor): Widely used in flower decorations. Vigorous shrubby willow that makes dense wood. The buds on this variety are very large, beautiful and silver.
Rubykins- Beautiful variety from Korea. Rubykins produces long flexible green stems with attractive leaves. One of the easiest to establish. Deer resistant
Arctic Willow- Spreading, ground cover habit, slender stems. Bluish hue.
Weeping Willow: Large tree, beautiful form, rapid growth.
Corkscrew Willow: Contorted form, medium sized tree, also known as 'curly' willow.
Useful Willow: Our own name for a shrubby willow that we have been using for everything from erosion control to living structures to biomass production. This willow was found growing wild by us. We have been unable to identify it. It grows 12-15' at maturity, and produces copious amounts of strong, flexible, uniformly sized, green stems.
Eastern Cottonwood (populus deltoides): The big poplar, this tree can really grow, up to 100'. Cottonwoods can drink copious amounts of water, drying up a wet spot. They provide excellent food for many birds and mammals. Growth can exceed 8 ft a year, while girth of the trunk staggers the imagination after just a few years.
Hybrid Poplar- A cross between European poplar and cottonwood. Hybrid poplars are capable of extremely vigorous growth, up to 10ft a year in good soils. Hybrid poplars are widely planted and used around the temperate world for building materials, biomass, and fuel. An acre of hybrid poplar will yield more btu's than an acre of oak per year.