Salix purpurea 'Green Edna'

Salix purpurea 'Green Edna' is grown in our willow beds at Lakeshore Willows for basketry. 


  • 'Green Edna' grows slender, flexible rods with good tension and no branching most years
  • One of my favourite basketry willows that is great for any part of a basket
  • The rods are a beautiful light green when fresh 
  • When soaked for weaving it dries up again a beautiful light green colour.
  • 'Green Edna' looks a lot like 'Streamco', but it weaves differently as it has much less tension than 'Streamco'

Growth Habit

Medium to large shrub when not coppiced


This willow is great for basketry and can also be used for living willow projects.

Bark for weaving can be harvested from 2-3 year old rods.

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM Johnny: I am not a horticulturist and the information provided for each willow variety is based on my observations growing and using the willows here at Lakeshore Willows. The information about growth habit is quoted from Christopher Newsholme's book: Willows, The Genus Salix.

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