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White Willow (Salix Alba)

The white willow is the largest species of willow.
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£10.95

White Willow

Salix alba

The white willow is grown from cuttings rather than seed and is a large, fast-growing tree often found growing close to water. The name comes from its pale slender leaves which have small hairs on the underside, creating a silvery appearance as they move in the wind. Yellow male catkins and green female catkins form on separate trees in spring. The female catkins ripen to produce fluffy seeds which are distributed by the wind. White willow will thrive in a sunny spot and we recommend that it is planted in spaces with no pipework nearby.

White willow full grown height:

25 meters

Purchase size and growth:

These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.

Value to wildlife:

Caterpillars of a number of moth species feed on white willow leaves, including the puss moth, willow ermine, eyed hawk-moth and red underwing. The catkins are an important source of early nectar and pollen for bees and other insects, and the branches make good nesting and roosting sites for birds.

White willow preferred soil type or environmental conditions:

Will grow in a sunny spot and prefers water sources.

UK and Ireland Sourced and Grown (UKISG):

Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

More information about this tree is available here.

White Willow

Salix alba

The white willow is grown from cuttings rather than seed and is a large, fast-growing tree often found growing close to water. The name comes from its pale slender leaves which have small hairs on the underside, creating a silvery appearance as they move in the wind. Yellow male catkins and green female catkins form on separate trees in spring. The female catkins ripen to produce fluffy seeds which are distributed by the wind. White willow will thrive in a sunny spot and we recommend that it is planted in spaces with no pipework nearby.

White willow full grown height:

25 meters

Purchase size and growth:

These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.

Value to wildlife:

Caterpillars of a number of moth species feed on white willow leaves, including the puss moth, willow ermine, eyed hawk-moth and red underwing. The catkins are an important source of early nectar and pollen for bees and other insects, and the branches make good nesting and roosting sites for birds.

White willow preferred soil type or environmental conditions:

Will grow in a sunny spot and prefers water sources.

UK and Ireland Sourced and Grown (UKISG):

Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

More information about this tree is available here.

Planting information:

As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Oct-Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees and your sapling is dormant, as long as it is kept free from frost and wind as well as being kept moist and in light conditions then it will last a few weeks before planting.

Mar-Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out, lose nutrients etc.

Please note that you may require tree protection if your saplings will be at risk of damage from mammals such as rabbits or deer. Take a look at our available tree protection options.

On-going care requirements:

Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; this will mainly be weeding around the base to reduce the competition for nutrients and ensuring your tree has enough water. For more information about caring for your trees, click here.

Delivery information: 

Please note that our saplings ship year-round and we are unable to hold or delay orders. Our standard delivery is within 10 working days.

Free delivery is available for all tree orders and your trees will be delivered within 10 working days. You will receive a cell grown sapling, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Orders comprising of more than 900 trees may take longer than the standard 10-day delivery window.

Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.

Please note that changes to regulations mean we are, unfortunately, currently unable to ship our trees to Northern Ireland. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you are purchasing more than one pack of trees or any of our tree accessories, they may be delivered separately to one another.

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