At Barfad Willow I currently grow fifteen different varieties.
Continental Purple (Salix daphnoides): A stunning deep purple willow which develops a white bloom when dry. It's quite stout and therefore not so popular for basket making - but I can't resist growing it because it is such an incredible colour. Some people like to use it for living willow structures.
Scarlet Willow (Salix alba chermisina): Chermesina produce remarkably rich orange-red rods which are very popular for their colour. It's hard to grow, produces many small side shoots and unfortunately the deer love to gobble it all up. If I ever manage to produce any for sale it is therefore sold at a premium price!
Polish Blue: A tall slender deep coloured basket willow. I am in the process of establishing Polish Blue so only small amounts occassionally available at present.
Carl Jenson: This is an very fine, delicate willow. As yet I only have very small amounts available.
Nicholsonni: De Another pale delicate willow perfect for fine basketry. Only small amounts available as yet.