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Willow Hedge Salix alba

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Willow Hedge Salix alba

The White Willow is native and deciduous. It begins its awakening from winter with beautiful soft fluffy catkins in March and April.Click here for more information.More Information
  • 12 Month Plant Guarantee
  • Average Growth Rate
  • Yellow Flowers
  • Deciduous
  • Has Berries
  • Native
  • Planting Conditions: Full sun is preferred, grows best in moist to wet soils, sheltered or exposed, inland or coastal
  • Growth Rate: Average | 20-40cm
  • Height: 1-4m

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Bare Root

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Root Ball

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Instant Hedging

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Product Details
Product Details

Willow Hedge Plants Description

White Willow (Salix alba) is one of our UK native hedging species. Whereas Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) has narrow pointed leaves and Goat Willow (Salix caprea) rounded obvate leaves, White Willow has leaves midway between the two being long but oval shaped. 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.

Just prior to the appearance of the leaves in the spring, the White Willow develops catkins in abundance. 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 - and this species supports a total of 266 insect species and is particularly good for moths and caterpillars.

Willow along with Alder (Alnus glutinosa) is one of the few hedge species that tolerates and in fact grows most happily in moist or wet ground conditions. It is therefore ideal for waterlogged or poor draining gardens and it will even grow in poor soil conditions. It is worth noting however, that Willow's thirsty roots take up water from a large area, so it is best to avoid planting in close proximity to buildings. Willow also prefers sunny not shaded conditions in order to thrive and is salt tolerant so an ideal hedge species for coastal locations.

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.

Further Information
Further Information

You’ll see our recommended planting densities for each size and root type listed in the product grid. We suggest that you use these as a guide, taking into consideration how long you’re willing to wait to see your finished hedge. As a rough indication bare roots can be planted at anything from 3 to 7 per metre and cell grown between 4 and 6 - the higher densities here would need to be planted in a double staggered row or zig-zag.

For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section.

Pruning Advice
Pruning Advice

White Willow (Salix alba) is best pruned during its dormant season in late winter or early spring. Pruning later in the year, may result in the subsequent new growth being damaged by the following winter weather.

Willow requires little maintenance in terms of pruning to shape as it develops a good framework naturally. If required, cut out any dead, diseased or damaged branches to retain the overall health of the plant. Cut back to old wood if you wish to reduce the size of the hedge and encourage healthy new growth.

Delivery & Returns
Delivery & Returns

Free delivery is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:

Packaging TypeStandard Delivery ChargeMinimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery
Small Box (Bare Roots up to 1.2m)12 delivery charge (orders up to 100 incl VAT) Orders of 100 and over - FREE
Box (Pots up to and incl. 7.5L)12 delivery charge (orders up to 100 incl VAT) Orders of 100 and over - FREE
Large/Tall Box (Tall bare roots 1.2m +)18 delivery charge (orders up to 120 incl VAT)Orders of 120 and over - FREE
Pallet (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)60 delivery charge (orders up to 240 incl VAT)Orders of 240 and over - FREE

There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page. (Please note that due to new Brexit rules, we are currently unable to export to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.)

IDelivery Time - Please note that due to high demand, current delivery is 14-28 days! (Some trees can be 10-14 days delivery as standard - see product pages for info.)

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* Please note that delivery costs are based on the final order amount in your cart after any discounts have been applied.

Hedges Direct 12 Month Plant Guarantee

Our plants are guaranteed for 12 months after delivery subject to specific criteria. Visit our Hedges Direct Plant Guarantee Page for full details.
Please note that our current delivery timescale is 14-28 days

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