Blue Fox Willow
Salix brachycarpa 'Blue Fox'
Blue Fox Willow
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Height: 4 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2b
A very attractive upright rounded shrub with soft-textured blue gray foliage all season long; extremely hardy; controlled compact growth habit; takes pruning well; great for form; can be used for hedging.
Blue Fox Willow has attractive silvery blue foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall colour. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth bark and purple branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Blue Fox Willow is a dense 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 is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Blue Fox Willow is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Blue Fox Willow will grow to be about 4 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. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. 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 selection of a native North American species.