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Salix irrorata Tree

Blue Willow Trees
  • From £44.99 (ex VAT)
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Known as a Blue Stem Willow, the young shoots are purple and the stems develop a striking white bloom in winter which can have a bluish appearance. In early spring, Salix irrorata displays grey catkins that have red anthers. The slender leaves provide texture and when they fall in autumn, the silvery-white stems take centre stage.

Salix irrorata can be grown as a single stem or multi stem tree, with the single stem form reaching a modest 4 x 2.5 metres in 20 years. An excellent choice for smaller gardens, this Willow has also received the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

AKA Blue Stem Willow

  • Common name: Blue Willow tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 4x2.5 metres
  • Season of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Slender green deciduous foliage
  • Position: Full sun or partial shade

Planting Advice for Salix irrorata Trees

Our pot grown White Stem Willows can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place in the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost. Use to fill in the hole, then firm around gently, avoiding banking soil up around the tree collar. We recommend planting single stem forms of Willow with a stake and tie kit for support.

Aftercare Advice for Salix irrorata Trees

If you’re planting Willow in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Rabbits like Willow, so if your areas is prone to rabbits we recommend using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Salix irrorata Trees

Allow young White Stem Willow trees to grow unpruned for the first year. This will give it the time it needs to develop a natural shape. From then on you can prune damaged, or diseased branches at any time of the year. To encourage a clear stem on the single stem forms, prune the lower branches in winter.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Salix irrorata Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: 80-110cm Root type: 7.5L pot Salix irrorata Price £44.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem 80-110cm 7.5L pot £44.99 (ex VAT)
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Salix irrorata Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Salix irrorata Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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