Originally from Europe, this willow variety has attractive purple catkins in the spring. All willow varieties can be coppiced (repeatedly pruned) for basket making materials . The Streamco Willow is rich in analgesic properties due to its high salacin content. Willow bark was the traditional herbal predecessor to modern day aspirin and has been traditionally used for fevers, headaches and rheumatism. Can be pruned for a sustainable herbal harvest. Willow bark tea also makes a great rooting compound for soaking your cuttings before planting. Has a shrubby growth habit to 15 feet with multiple stems. Great for fencelines or borders. Prefers a creek side location, but will thrive anywhere with adequate moisture. Hardy to zone 3.