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Willow Custom Mix

Plants for Spring 2020 Shipping

Welcome to the Food Forest Farm plant shop! Here you’ll find many of the plants we’ve been growing in the nursery since 2010. These plants will come to you healthy and ready for their new home.

All of our plants are multi-functional, that is, some perennial vegetables can be eaten by a human, or livestock (leaf hay), or be grown as mulch for biomass, and more! You can look at “All” of the plants, or filter with the navigation bar.

Perennial Vegetables: edible roots, leaves, shoots, buds, seeds that come from perennial herbs, shrubs, and trees

Fruit: edible sweet goodness

Leaf Hay: plants to grow and feed to livestock like cattle, sheep, goats and rabbits

Biomass: herbs, grasses, shrubs and trees that grow fast and can be cut and used as mulch, grow soil, fuel stoves and compost piles

Willow Custom Mix


Willow Custom Mix


Food Forest Farm has been trialling a dozen of the fastest growing most useful livestock forage willows for the Northeast USA. After two years of literature reviews and hands on nursery research and observation, we are ready to release a selection of our best. Your order will include a mix of 4 varieties (2 of each), 8 dormant cuttings total.

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Willow Custom Mix

Scientific Name: Salix sp.

Varieties in the mix:

BIOMASS/FODDER - SX61 (Salix miyabeana)
Multi-stem shrub, 15-20 feet tall, 3-5 foot crown spread at 3 years when grown at 2 x 3 foot spacing. SX61’ produces very high biomass yields, is rust and beetle resistant, and is well suited for biomass plantings, privacy hedges, and living structures. A study done by the Rural Ag Innovation Network concluded that SX61 was the most favorable forage willow in they’re sheep willow grazing trials. Another study found SX61 is 12 percent faster growing then other shrub willows.

LARGE ANIMAL FODDER - Goat Willow, (Salix caprea)
A large native European shrub willow traditionally grown as winter forage for livestock.

LOVED BY RABBITS - Rubykins Willow (Salix koriyanagi)
Rabbits love to nibble this shrub willow according to Vermont Willow Nursery. In our trials this willow also seems pest and disease resistant, and was one of the most vigorous growers with multiple trunks that sprawl low and outward (a good quality for sheep forage plantings). Also this willow is apparently a good candidate for basketry as the name Koriyanagi means ‘basketry willow’ in Japanese.

TREE WILLOW - Dart Snake (Salix babylonica)
This species of willow, incorrectly named Salix matsudana by many sources, is the most popular materials and fodder willow grown in temperate Asia, New Zealand and parts of Europe. Cold tolerant and can take drought. ‘Dart Snake’, a male clone, is a very fast growing upright tree form (30 feet), with curly jade-green branches used for flower arrangements. There is lots of potential for this species to be grown as a silvopasture tree, chopping and dropping branches for livestock to eat during dry years, when forage is sparse.