Grey Willow Trees | Salix cinerea | Bareroot Saplings
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Grey Pussy Willow, Salix cinerea, is a large native shrub or a small, stubby tree that is found in boggy ground and riversides across the country. Pussy Willows are the earliest to flower, providing a key source of early nectar and pollen to bees as they gear up for the year.
Grey Pussy Willow is not suitable for a clipped hedge, but it can be grown as rough screening up to about 7 metres high.
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Grey Pussy Willow plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
All of our young trees and shrubs are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
General description of Salix cinerea plants:
Common Names: Grey Willow, Pussy Willow, Grey Sallow
Along with goat willow, Grey Willow is often referred to as Pussy Willow because of its beautiful catkins. Before they ripen, they a covered in neat, silver-grey hairs that look equally lovely on the bare branches and in a vase of cut flowers.
As they mature, the flowers on the male tree become yellow with pollen, while the female flower remain greeny-grey.
After pollination in early summer, the female flowers release masses of delicate little seeds that disperse on the wind. These need bare, wet soil to germinate, so are not likely to be a problem for the average garden.
Salix cinerea can be coppiced and pollarded: it tends to form a fairly low shrub anyway.
If you want more upright growth, keep removing the lower side branches each year.
History & uses of Salix cinerea
Grey willow is often planted along loose banks to stabilise the soil with its fibrous root.
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Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £9.49 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order.
Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest.
You can choose the delivery week that suits you during checkout and we will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.