Dwarf Blue Leaf Arctic Willow

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Lovely, Care-Free Dwarf Blue Leaf Arctic Willow

  • Blue-Green, Wispy Foliage Flashes Silver Underside
  • Attractive Purple Young Stems
  • Grows in Heavy Clay and Flooded Soils
  • Beautiful Rounded Shrub
  • Casual Informal Charm
  • Provides an Airy Privacy Screen
  • Catches the Wind for Restful Appeal Year-Round
  • Tolerates Wet Areas
  • Hardy and Very Easy-Care
  • Once a Year Pruning Task
  • Rabbit Resistant

For a great look without any trouble, try the Dwarf Blue Leaf Arctic Willow (Salix purpurea 'Nana'). Like all Willows, this is a water-lover, and tolerates most soils, unlike so many other shrubs that demand well-drained soils. This is a perfect plant for tough situations, and it always looks fantastic with an easy-breezy, casual charm.

Use this special shrub if you are cursed with heavy clay soils or wet soils. New construction often leaves poor fill soil, where it can be hard to grow things. Even soils near a heavily irrigated lawn can stay too wet for many plants.

In those cases, use the pretty, little, deciduous Dwarf Arctic Blue Willow. It is attractive and quite popular as a desirable hedge or specimen plant.

You'll love the new purple stems in spring, and the fine textured, silvery-blue leaves with a lighter underside. The wispy appearance creates kinetic movement in the landscape.

Even in the slightest breeze, the undersides of the leaves sparkle and flash. The branches move and sway. Just like watching fish in an aquarium, watching your Dwarf Willows dance in the wind can be a very restful experience.

This is a versatile plant, and it is so easy to care for. It stays more compact than other Willow varieties.

Found naturally along stream banks, we think you'll love watching the arctic blue-green leaves sway and bend in the slightest breeze all through the spring and summer.

You'll appreciate its low maintenance nature. It really only needs a single, annual haircut to keep it looking its best.

Sometimes this little Willow is called the Basket Willow because the slender, one year old purple stems are long and flexible. They'll bring winter interest and are hard pruned to 12 inches in spring.

The stems can easily be woven into baskets or wound up, around and through into a trellis, obelisk or up a tower for other plants to climb onto. They make great looking plant supports for perennials or annuals that might need a bit of help.

Try this plant in low, wet spots in your yard where other plants wither and rot. In fact, public works departments use this plant in swales and water treatment sites because of its thirsty nature.

Don't wait to order this problem-solver from Nature Hills Nursery. It will become one of your most prized garden additions!

How to Use Dwarf Blue Leaf Arctic Willow in the Landscape

Willows like water, so this is an excellent plant for the water's edge, or any areas where the soil is wet. There are areas in the country that are plagued with heavy clay soils that simply do not drain well. This plant seems to do exceptionally well in those sites.

This fine textured shrub makes a great short backdrop for Roses or set behind low-growing Hydrangeas. Try a small hedge along walkways by the garage, or to cover electrical boxes and air conditioner units. It may just be the right size plant to cover up the bottom of your deck.

Use these shrubs as the "backbone" of a wonderful Rain Garden to help filter potentially polluted runoff water from roofs and streets before it hits the storm drains. Anchor and fill that area beautifully with a maintenance free plant.

You'll love the soft, wispy texture, and the way Dwarf Blue Leaf Arctic Willow waves gracefully in a breeze. The leaves rustle in the wind. Motion and sound are so important in an integrated landscape.

It is a great companion to offset rigid Conifers and flat fences with its swaying stems. Use it to soften the corners of your house, property line or rock wall.

Because it fills all the way to the ground, it gives an airy sense of privacy. You'll love the screening without feeling like there is a visual barricade. Let it grow as tall as you want, or keep it short with a simple pruning in early spring. Enjoy that fresh, cute, bright green, fine-textured new growth!

#ProPlantTips for Care

For a nice, tight, smaller hedge plant them about two feet on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Its versatile enough to work in any soil type, including wet soils and areas that have a tendency to flood for short periods. Use this valuable plant in moist and wet areas where most shrubs fail.

Ensure it receives moderate to high amounts of rainfall or supplemental watering. Dwarf Blue Leaf Arctic Willow will not perform well in dry, arid conditions. Give your plants a layer of mulch to cover their root systems.

Heavily prune it down to a foot or so from the ground in late winter or early spring as the weather warms in your area. That is just about the only care it needs for the year, beyond watering. If you need to, you can prune it anytime during the growing season without problem.

You'll love watching the wind glide through your very own willows. Order Dwarf Blue Leaf Arctic Willow from Nature Hills today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Dwarf Blue Leaf Arctic Willow Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Salix purpurea 'Nana'
Mature Height 4 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Wet Soil, Heavy Clay, Poor Soil
Moisture Moderate, High
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Blue
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes