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. Salix viminalis has long, slender leaves that open following the appearance of catkins in spring. It is suitable for growing as a loose hedge, tall screen or windbreak, but it is extremely vigorous and its shoots don't have enough side branches to make a "proper" hedge. So plant it if you want a supply of willow to weave or if you need a screen in a hurry rather than as a formal hedge....
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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 2 plants per metre, 50 cms apart.
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.