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  • Willow

    Salix caprea hedge plants

    From £2.03

    Willow (Salix alba) is a flowering, deciduous native hedging plant that produces soft and fluffy catkins in March and April.

    Willow (Salix alba), also referred to as White Willow, is a hedging plant that is native to the UK and is particularly wildlife friendly. The foliage of White Willow is long and oval shaped and they are distinctive in their colouring with a soft muted green colour on the upper with fine, silky, pale hairs to the undersides. The lovely silvery-white colour to the underside of its leaves is the reason it is so named.

    White Willow blooms in March and April with catkins, the female catkins are silvery coloured, however the more noticeable male catkins are golden and extremely hairy but look attractive against the contrasting dark grey/brown bark. The male catkins are also full of nectar so good for early bees. 

    You can plant Willow alone as a feature shrub and hedge or plant with other native hedging species to create your own mixed native hedge.

    Fun Fact:

    Salix alba has had many cultural and medicinal uses throughout its history. Its long, slender yet flexible branches were used in traditional basket weaving whilst its bark contains the phenolglycoside salicin, from which the everyday painkiller Aspirin is derived.

    More Information
    Berry Colour Green
    Deciduous Yes
    Semi Evergreen No
    Evergreen No
    Flower Colour Yellow
    Grows Up To 5m
    Has Berries Yes
    Is Edible No
    Is Native No
    Intruder Proof No
    Privacy Hedge No
    General hedge trimming should be done twice a year, lare Winter and early Spring. It is important to prune at the right time, so as not to remove new growing shoots.

    1. Select Root Type

    Bare Root 

    Bare roots are young plants that are only planted when they are dormant, from November to March (weather dependant). We lift bare root plants and despatch them during the planting season but they can be pre-ordered in summer to guarantee your stock. As they are cheaper to grow, they are one of our most affordable hedge planting options and the cheapest way to plant a hedge.

    Root Ball 

    Root ball plants are also seasonal stock as they can only be lifted when they are dormant, from November to March (weather dependant). These plants are scooped out of the ground like an ice-cream using machinery to keep their root system intact and wrapped in bio-degradable, hessian sacks.  They are mature plants that provide dense coverage very early on, ideal for when you need a thick hedge quickly. Root ball hedging plants give an instant effect and are a cheaper alternative to instant trough grown hedging. 

    Pot Grown 

    Pot grown plants can be planted year round and they are our mose convenient option of hedging plants. They come in a wide range of sizes, from 10cm to 2.5m so they're suitable for the majority of planting requirements. From small 2L shrubs to large 15L extra tall hedging, there will be a pot grown plant for any garden type. 

    Instant Hedging 

    Our Instant Hedging is grown in troughs or bags that measure 50cm-1 metre in length and carefully clipped during the growing season to create a dramatic, instant hedge effect. If you are looking for a quick fix or an instant impact, Instant Trough Grown hedging is the solution for you. 

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    • Willow Bare Root Bundle 40-60cm
      Willow Bare Root Bundle 40-60cm
      40/60cm
      Bare Root
      Price £2.03
      Planting Density:
      5 to 7 per metre
      Image shows a bare root bundle
    • Willow Bare Root Bundle 60-90cm
      Willow Bare Root Bundle 60-90cm
      60/90cm
      Bare Root
      Price £2.39
      Planting Density:
      5 to 7 per metre
      Image shows a bare root bundle
    • Willow Bare Root Bundle 90-120cm
      Willow Bare Root Bundle 90-120cm
      90/120cm
      Bare Root
      Price £2.75
      Planting Density:
      3 to 7 per metre
      Image shows a bare root bundle
    • Willow Bare Root Bundle 120-150cm
      Willow Bare Root Bundle 120-150cm
      120/150cm
      Bare Root
      Price £3.59
      Planting Density:
      3 to 5 per metre
      Image shows a bare root bundle
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    More Information
    Berry Colour Green
    Deciduous Yes
    Semi Evergreen No
    Evergreen No
    Flower Colour Yellow
    Grows Up To 5m
    Has Berries Yes
    Is Edible No
    Is Native No
    Intruder Proof No
    Privacy Hedge No

    Delivery Information

    • Orders £100 and over to mainland UK are delivered FREE for box deliveries
    • Our delivery lead time is currently within 7-14 days.
    • Orders under £100 to mainland UK £4.99 (box delivery).
    • Orders requiring a pallet delivery, free delivery over £200 or a £60 pallet charge if the order is under £200.
    • Bespoke deliveries that require a dedicated vehicle is a charge of £300 or free on orders over £1000.
    • We can deliver to Scottish Highlands & Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle Man, but the delivery cost will need to be quoted by one of our team, so please contact us on

    For some plants that are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard boxes we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £200 for free delivery, or you can make a contribution towards the delivery cost. Look out for the information on product pages which explains this further where applicable and if your order is for less than £200 please call or email us to agree a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page.

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