At Barfad Willow I currently have eighteen varieties.
For Brown Willow:
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.
For Living Willow:
Salix viminalis: A fast growing, hardy, vigorous willow which can grow four metres in a season. The rods are brown, tough, flexible and straight. Traditionally viminalis was used to make baskets for fishing and agriculture, but it's not good for finer baskets. It's ideal for making living willow structures, furniture, drawing charcoal, wind-breaks and for soil stabilisation, waste filtration, and fuel.