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Salix acutifolia ‘Blue Streak’

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A vigorous willow, Salix acutifolia 'Blue Streak' has a distinctive blueish-white bloom on the stems (hence the name 'Blue Streak') and masses of silver catkins in spring. The leaves are light green, quite narrow and faintly resemble those of a bamboo.

Salix acutifolia 'Blue Streak' has year round interest, but is particularly eye-catching in winter when the stems can be clearly seen.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (40 - 60 cm tall)

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Salix acutifolia  ‘Blue Streak’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Salix acutifolia  ‘Blue Streak’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Salix acutifolia  ‘Blue Streak’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Any fertile soil. Salix acutifolia 'Blue Streak' enjoys damp or wet soils.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
Habit: Large, branching shrub with a rounded habit if left unpruned.
Height: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)

Notes: Salix acutifolia 'Blue Streak' makes an effective garden plant if pruned back to 30 cm (1 ft) above the ground each spring before coming into leaf. This reduces the end size and encourages it to produce vigorous arching stems.

Plant Finder: about Salix acutifolia ‘Blue Streak’

Common names

Willow 'Blue Streak', Salix daphnoides 'Blue Streak'


Salix acutifolia ‘Blue Streak’ (Willow 'Blue Streak'). 'Blue Streak' is a large deciduous shrub with purple, bright white-bloomed stems and narrow, dark green leaves. Slender silver catkins with yellow anthers arrive in early spring.


Prune back to 30cm every winter to encourage new growth.

Interest and use

Grown for its habit, foliage and winter interest.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

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