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Common Osier Willow, Salix viminalis, is a large, fast-growing waterside shrub, with dense, flexible stems and an upright growth habit. It is very vigorous, growing up to 1.5 metres per year.
Common Osier Willow is good for rough country hedges up to about 6 metres high
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Common Osier Willow hedge plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
Spacing a Common Osier Willow hedge:
Plant Common Osier Willow hedging at 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart.
General description of Common Osier Willow plants:
The Common Osier Willow has long, slender leaves that open following the appearance of catkins in spring. It is suitable for growing a loose hedge or tall screen, but most people find that Willows are too vigorous & their shoots don't have enough side branches to make a "proper" hedge. If you need a normal hedge in wet soil, we recommend using dogwood plants.
History & uses of Salix viminalis
The Osier has been used widely for basket making from Europe to Asia. It is hard to tell where it originates from, because people were taking it with them as they moved around even before Roman times. It is sometimes called basket weaving willow because it is so useful for making wicker items. Osier willow has matted, fibrous roots, so it is often planted along riverbanks to help reduce soil erosion.