Salix purpurea ‘Packing Twine’

Salix purpurea ‘Packing Twine’ is grown in our willow beds at Lakeshore Willows for basketry. 


  • Packing Twine grows long, slender and very flexible rods without any branching
  • Rods are green when fresh
  • Very beautiful in a basket. The rods are a medium green with some rose coloured sheen. Darker at the butt end and light green at the tips when dried up

Growth Habit

Medium to large shrub when not coppiced


This variety is great for basketry and can be used for living willow structures.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM LENE: 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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