Salix purpurea (Purple Willow) - Plant
Salix purpurea (purple willow) is a species of willow from most of Europe and western Asia. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 1?3 m (rarely to 5 m) tall, with purple-brown to yellow-brown shoots, turning pale grey on old stems. The foliage, purple twigs and purple catkins are the main ornamental attributes of this shrub. This specie may be grown in moist soils along streams, ponds or in low spots in the landscape where other shrubs often falter. The flexible twigs are often used in basketry, hence the sometimes used common name for this shrub of basket willow.