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Arctic Canyon Blue Willow

Salix purpurea 'Canyon Blue'

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Arctic Canyon Blue Willow (Salix purpurea 'Canyon Blue') at Peck's Green Thumb Nursery

Arctic Canyon Blue Willow foliage

Arctic Canyon Blue Willow foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Canyon Blue Arctic Willow, Blue Leaf Willow

Description:

A popular medium-sized shrub with fine blue-green foliage and a consistent, rounded habit of growth; quite hardy, takes pruning well; ideal for form and texture in the garden, also makes an artistic hedge, memorable planted in masses

Ornamental Features

Arctic Canyon Blue Willow has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth bark and deep purple branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Arctic Canyon Blue Willow is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Arctic Canyon Blue Willow is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Arctic Canyon Blue Willow will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
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Ornamental Features

This Plant Finder tool is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.