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Pussy Willow plants

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Salix caprea hedge plants

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Pussy 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.
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Willow hedge (Salix caprea) description

Goat Willow is particularly wildlife friendly, supporting 100s 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, even dryer, 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 caprea with

Plant 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, 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 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 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 Salix caprea 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.

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Pot grown and cell grown plants are available year round and make a great option when planting a hedge. Pots come in various sizes, as do the plants grown in them, and can be planted when convenient for you. These plants will be happy in their pots, given enough water, until you’re ready to plant. Cell Grown plants are usually small, 10-30cm and a great step between Pots and Bare Roots.

What's the difference between Bare Root, Root Ball, Pot Grown and Cell Grown?

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Bare root hedging plants are extremely popular. They are delivered and should be planted during the dormant season (usually November to April) and can be pre ordered from mid-summer. We recommend pre-ordering where possible to reserve your plants but take new orders right the way through the season. Bare roots are a cost effective way of planting a new hedge.

What's the difference between Bare Root, Root Ball, Pot Grown and Cell Grown?

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Root balls are generally available from October through to April/May, though some species are available year round. The plants are field grown and then lifted with a ‘ball’ of soil around the roots that is secured with hessian and sometimes wire. Root balls are often very impressive plants that can be pre ordered from mid-summer.

What's the difference between Bare Root, Root Ball, Pot Grown and Cell Grown?

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Instant hedging provides immediate impact to any project. These hedge units are grown in troughs or strong bags where they are shaped and pruned over many years to create a hedging panel that is already knitted together, producing an impressive instant hedge. Instant hedging is available to plant year round.

What's the difference between Bare Root, Root Ball, Pot Grown and Cell Grown?

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Here you will see all of the hedging plants that we provide in this species under one tab. From small cell grown plants to large root balls it’s all here! To narrow down the list or view the root types individually please use the other tabs.

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Feedback for Pussy Willow plants has been compiled from 5 customer reviews

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Pussy Willow plants

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  • Alnus glutinosa
  • Native Hedging - Blackthorn Base
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Excellent
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Pussy Willow plants

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  • Hawthorn hedge plants
  • Hazel hedge plants
  • Blackthorn hedge plants
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Very vigorous growth.
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Pussy Willow plants

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Excellent
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Pussy Willow plants

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  • Malus sylvestris hedge plants
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Bare rooted, again excellent condition and size, plenty of branches.
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