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White Willow plants


Salix alba hedge plants

From £1.19
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White 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 alba 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. more ›
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Willow hedge (Salix alba) description

White 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 alba is actually more suited to normal, even dryer, soil and sun or partial shade.

Most popular uses for white willow hedges

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

Combine Salix alba 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 alba

A light prune in late winter-early spring is all that Willow hedges, including salix caprea, 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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Willow Hedge reviews

We ask all customers to provide their opinion to an independent feedback company. We cannot edit which comments appear and which do not, so the following reviews offer a true representation of our customers experience and we are very proud of our huge number of Excellent reviews. The comments on this page apply to this species/product specifically - to see the full feedback from all customers please visit Best4Hedging's Feefo profile.

Feedback for Willow Hedge has been compiled from 5 customer reviews

Date Product Score Customer Comment

Pussy Willow plants


One in 4 dead! Not good enough!
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Pussy Willow plants

  • Customer also bought: .... :
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  • Blackthorn hedge plants

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

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Hawthorn hedge plants
  • Blackthorn hedge plants
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Bare rooted items seem ok but won't really know until the spring!
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Pussy Willow plants

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Please see comments above.
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