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Goat Willow plants

Salix caprea hedge plants

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Goat Willow plants are a popular native hedging species, easily recognised by the pretty catkins that are silver or gold in colour. The catkins on Salix caprea begin to appear in spring, decorating the bare branches, later followed by muted green, broad leaves with silvery, hairy undersides.  Like all Willow plants, this variety will cope with all soils from normal to very wet.

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  • Best Features: silver and gold catkins, green foliage, wildlife value
  • Ideal For Hedges: 1-4m
  • Growth Rate: Average | 20-40cm
  • Position: Full sun, partial shade, normal-dry soils, sheltered or exposed, inland or coastal
  • Also Consider: Alder (Alnus glutinosa) is also great for wet soils.

*Please note, 1 bare root = 1 Willow plant, not a bundle of plants. We use a mixture of bare root photos taken in leaf from our growing sites in summer, as well as during the bare root planting season when Willow may be defoliated.

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Willow hedging Root: Bare Root Root Type: Bare Root Height Now: 60/90cm Willow hedging 1+ £1.49 (ex VAT) 10+ £1.49 (ex VAT) 50+ £1.49 (ex VAT) 100+ £1.49 (ex VAT) 250+ £1.39 (ex VAT) In stock | Pre-Order | Nov 20
Bare Root 60/90cm Pre-Order | Nov 20 5-7 £1.49 (ex VAT) £1.49 (ex VAT) £1.49 (ex VAT) £1.49 (ex VAT) £1.39 (ex VAT)
Willow hedging Root: Bare Root Root Type: Bare Root Height Now: 90/120cm Willow hedging 1+ £1.89 (ex VAT) 10+ £1.89 (ex VAT) 50+ £1.89 (ex VAT) 100+ £1.89 (ex VAT) 250+ £1.79 (ex VAT) In stock | Pre-Order | Nov 20
Bare Root 90/120cm '2yr Plant'. Pre-Order | Nov 20 3-7 £1.89 (ex VAT) £1.89 (ex VAT) £1.89 (ex VAT) £1.89 (ex VAT) £1.79 (ex VAT)
Willow hedging Root: Bare Root Root Type: Bare Root Height Now: 120/150cm Willow hedging 1+ £2.29 (ex VAT) 10+ £2.29 (ex VAT) 50+ £2.29 (ex VAT) 100+ £2.29 (ex VAT) 250+ £2.19 (ex VAT) In stock | Pre-Order | Nov 20
Bare Root 120/150cm Free delivery over £200. Smaller order delivery info here. Pre-Order | Nov 20 3-5 £2.29 (ex VAT) £2.29 (ex VAT) £2.29 (ex VAT) £2.29 (ex VAT) £2.19 (ex VAT)
Willow hedging Root: Cell Grown Root Type: Cell Grown Height Now: 20/40cm Willow hedging 1+ £1.69 (ex VAT) 10+ £1.69 (ex VAT) 50+ £1.59 (ex VAT) 100+ £1.49 (ex VAT) 250+ £1.39 (ex VAT) In stock | In Stock | Cell Grown | Delivered Within 3-7 Working Days Minimum Qty: 12
Cell Grown 20/40cm Min Qty 12. In Stock | Cell Grown | Delivered Within 3-7 Working Days £1.69 (ex VAT) £1.69 (ex VAT) £1.59 (ex VAT) £1.49 (ex VAT) £1.39 (ex VAT)
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Willow hedge (Salix caprea) description

Goat Willow is particularly wildlife-friendly, supporting 100's of insect species. The gold, male catkins, which appear in spring are rich in nectar, making them very bee-friendly. Although most Willows are thought to be best suited to wet soils (near ponds and streams) Salix caprea is actually more suited to normal, well-drained soil and sun or partial shade.

Most popular uses for goat willow hedges

Willow plants are ideal for wildlife-friendly gardens and for informal mixed native hedging.

Combine Salix capea with

Plant Pussy Willow alone for an attractive, wildlife-friendly feature plant or mix with other native hedging plants.

Expected growth of Willow hedge plants

With an average growth rate, goat Willow can be expected to achieve 20-40cm per year, it is ideal for heights between 1-4m.

Care advice for Salix caprea

A light prune in late winter-early spring is all that Willow hedges, including salix alba, require. Please view the best4hedging Care and Planting instructions in our Advice section.

Planting density recommendations for willow hedging

For information on planting density please see the product table above. In the 'No. Per Metre' column, you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type.

We offer Willow as bare roots, which are available November to late April/early May (depending on the season) and provide great value for money, plus we have wonderful quality cell grown and pot grown plants available throughout the year.

The majority of our Goat Willow hedging plants are UK grown by our highly skilled experts who have years of nursery growing experience. Occasionally, we source White Willow (Salix alba) from outside of the UK. In this instance, we make every effort to ensure our suppliers cannot be beaten on quality. At best4hedging we strive to provide the freshest condition plants of the highest possible quality, all whilst maintaining our competitive prices. Rest assured, you can buy Willow hedge plants online with complete confidence.

Showing 20 of our total 33 reviews, with an average rating of 5 stars. Read all 33 reviews for Goat Willow plants.
Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
February 24, 2020 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

As Above

February 18, 2020 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

As Above

December 27, 2019 | patricia barlow
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November 27, 2019 | Sarah S. Glanville
Goat Willow plants

Not grown this before, good strong healthy plants so should do well.

March 21, 2019 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

As Above

May 7, 2018 | J A Webb
Goat Willow plants

One in 4 dead! Not good enough!

April 15, 2018 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

Seem to be all you would want from a bare root specimen

February 24, 2017 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

As Above

February 13, 2017 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

Very vigorous growth.

February 10, 2017 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

As Above

February 5, 2017 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

Bare rooted, again excellent condition and size, plenty of branches.

December 29, 2016 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

As Above

December 21, 2016 | Anonymous
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April 26, 2016 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

Fantastic quality and perfect specimens.

April 25, 2016 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

Quick delivery service

April 22, 2016 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

As Above

April 17, 2016 | Anonymous
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As Above

March 28, 2016 | Anonymous
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February 8, 2016 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

Really healthy plants.

February 6, 2016 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

Top quality plant in excellent condition.A real asset to my garden.

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  • Orders £85 & over (ex. VAT) to mainland UK are delivered FREE* (Exceptions apply - see below for Scottish Highlands etc)
  • Orders under £85 (ex. VAT) to mainland UK £9.95
  • At an additional cost, we can deliver to Scottish Highlands & Islands, which we classify as including AB (Aberdeen) and DD (Dundee) postcodes, as well as Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle Man. The exact delivery cost is order specific and will need to be quoted by one of our team, so please contact us on 01257 261 243

*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 (ex VAT) 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 (ex VAT) please call or email us to agree upon a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page

Pallet deliveries are always undertaken on an 18-tonne vehicle (similar in size to a standard refuse vehicle). If for any reason you require a smaller vehicle please contact our sales team who can arrange this for you. There will be an additional surcharge applied for small vehicle deliveries

Delivery Timescales

99% of our orders are dispatched within 3 to 5 working days of receipt and most the day after the order is placed. We can do “next day delivery” on many of our products for an additional £12 (incl VAT) but please call on 01257 494 491 before placing your order to check.

We can also deliver on a specified date to suit you. Please indicate the date you would like to receive delivery in the notes section of the checkout (or place your order by phone) and we’ll do our utmost to meet that date.

Occasional hiccups can occur (such as broken down vehicles) and although we are very experienced in logistics we cannot be held liable for costs incurred or inconvenience due to late deliveries - see terms and conditions for more information.

You will receive an email or telephone call confirming the dispatch of your order 24/48 hours before it arrives with you.

Exceptions to our quick turnaround timescale

Pre-orders - if you have placed an order that includes products on pre-order, then they will be dispatched to you as soon as they are available. If your order includes pre-order bare roots or root balls you will be notified once they are being dispatched (root balls from mid to late October and bare roots from early to mid-November).

Root balls - lifting root balls involves the use of complex, heavy machinery, this lifting is carried out twice a week in the root ball season so we do still have a prompt turnaround timescale but if your order has just missed one lifting, it will be a few days before we lift again. We are always happy to confirm when we can deliver to you before you order. The benefit of this method of supplying root balls is that they are always fresh and therefore have a higher success rate than root balls that are stored out of the soil.

Weather conditions can affect dispatch - bare root and root ball plants are not lifted if the ground is too cold (it damages the roots) and the delivery of all plants can be affected if the water supply is frozen (because we water all plants before packing). Extremely hot weather can also be challenging and occasionally we hold backorders for species that are particularly vulnerable. We ask our customers to be mindful of bank holidays when couriers are not active.

We'd like to stress that although there are exceptions, the vast majority of our orders are dispatched extremely quickly and we are proud of our logistics developed over many years of delivering plants to tens of thousands of customers.


We inspect plants carefully before dispatch but accept that very occasionally things may go wrong. 
You can return your plants (within 14 days) for a refund or replacement (we’ll help with the process of returning). If your plants arrived damaged then returns are free of charge. However, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible. If you’d like to return your plants because of a change of plan or if we do not agree that the plants are significantly damaged (the loss of a few leaves in transit or a loose pot on arrival, for example, wouldn't be harmful to the plants), then we may ask you to pay the full or partial return costs if you still wanted to return them. We’re very reasonable and always aim for complete satisfaction as demonstrated by our amazing Feefo customer reviews which can be viewed here.

Should you wish to return any products that you have over-bought, no longer require or purchased in error you will incur both a return cost (different charges for pallets and Boxes) and the original cost of delivery incurred by Best4hedging. Please contact the Service team for charges and/or to organise a return. Plants will be subject to a quality control check from our Nursery upon return before any refund is authorised and processed.

Please note that in the case of damaged plants, if you have not notified us of a problem within 14 days of delivery, we consider you to have accepted the plants and Best4Hedging has no further liability for them should they fail.

You can read more about our returns policy in our terms and conditions here.

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