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White Willow

Salix alba hedge plants

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.

  • 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.

White 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. Like most most Willows are best suited to wet soils (near ponds and streams).

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 Huntingdon 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, white 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 alba, require. Please view the best4hedging care and pruning instructions in our advice section.

Planting density recommendations for willow hedging

For information on planting density please see the product table. 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.

The majority of our White 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.

Delivery Time - Please note that delivery times are currently 2-7 days. *Some troughs, trees and premium products may take up to 14 days delivery.

Free Delivery - The majority of orders over the minimum order values shown below are delivered FREE to UK Mainland. Please note, we are unable to deliver to N.I. and the Republic of Ireland.   (Exceptions apply - see Delivery Areas)

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planting essentials

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bare roots up to 1.2m


pot size up to and including 7.5L

(min qty 12)


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bare roots 1.2m+







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(min qty 3)



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