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Salix caprea (Goat Willow)

Salix caprea

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£0.96 Per Plant £0.80 Per Plant

Our Goat Willow is a great choice for those looking for a screening or windbreak trees in areas with drier or poorer soils.  Grey Green leaves appear shortly after striking golden male and silver female catkins in March. During the winter months it is bare but thanks to its strong sturdy branches with their upwards tendency it makes for a lovely sight contrasted with the snow. Our Goat Willow will tolerate dry soils particularly well compared to other willows though they’ll be happiest in a well-drained soil in a sunny position.

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(Goat Willow)
Salix caprea (Goat Willow) (Goat Willow)

Available from November through to April. For more information please click on the different tabs above. 

Order before midday for next working day delivery on ALL bare root!

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FormHeightAgeDeliveryPlants
Per Bundle
Type Bare Root Height 40-60cm Age 2 Years (1+1) Delivery 1 Days Plants Per Bundle 25 1+ £36.00 £30.00 (£1.20 Per Plant) (£1.44 Per Plant) 2+ £33.00 £27.50 (£1.32 Per Plant) (£1.10 Per Plant) 10+ £30.00 £25.00 (£1.20 Per Plant) (£1.00 Per Plant) 20+ £24.00 £20.00 (£0.96 Per Plant) (£0.80 Per Plant)
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Since we’ve grown our Goat Willow to be tough and hardy, just as nature intended, they make a great choice for those looking for screening or windbreak trees in areas with drier or poorer soils.

We’ve grown all of ours right here in the UK at our nursery in Herefordshire. Our fields stretch around the base of the Malvern Hills, across 220 acres, with the slopes giving us a varied and intense region of weather. Our plants get treated to this weather year-round, so that they grow tough and hardy, ready for any UK conditions. The soil we grow on is a fine sandy loam, with a naturally high iron content thanks to the region which helps boost the colouration and strength of the foliage.

Grey-green leaves that appear shortly after striking golden male and silver female catkins in March. As it’s deciduous the winter months produces a bare tree, but thanks to its strong sturdy branches with their upwards tendency, it still makes for a lovely sight contrasted against the snow.

As we’ve grown our Goat Willow to be hardy, it’ll tolerate dry soils particularly well compared to other willows, though they’ll perform their best in a well-drained soil in a sunny position.

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SKUSALCAP
Hardiness RatingH5, H6
Foliage Colour (Main Interest)Green
Flower ColourGrey / Silver
HabitBushy
Ultimate Height12m
Ultimate Spread8m
Time to Ultimate Height (years)20-50
Rate of Growth (per year)Average (20-40cm)
Soil MoistureMoist but well-drained, Poorly-drained
Soil TypeClay, Loam, Sand
Soil pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Skill RatingBeginner
AvailabilityJanuary, February, March, April, November, December
Amount of SunlightFull Sun
Weather ExposureExposed, Sheltered
AspectNorth-Facing, East-Facing, South-Facing, West-Facing
Delivery Time1 Working Day

Ground Preparation

Plants will not grow where soil contains too little air, insufficient nutrients or where soil moisture is either excessive or insufficient. Pre-planting soil preparation should aim to improve these conditions:

       • Loosen the soil generally to eliminate compaction and improve drainage

       • Weed the planting area (approx. 30cm each side of the trench)

       • Improve soil fertility by using fertiliser, organic matter and lime

       • Ideally, assess the need for lime with a soil pH test

       • Improving the soil for a wide area (2-3m (6½-10ft) around the plant) is best practice

If soils are waterlogged over winter consider installing drainage, or an alternative is to plant on a slight mound, about 25-30cm (10-12in) high and 1m (39in) in diameter. Excess moisture can kill the finer roots, which become blackened and sour smelling. Wet roots are more susceptible to disease, especially Phytophthora.

How to Plant your Tree or Shrub

       • Remove plants from containers or fabric wrapping (some specimen trees specify that the wrapping be left on under the terms of their guarantee)

       • Tease out and spread the roots to get an idea of their spread. Dig a planting hole that is no deeper than the roots, but is up to three times the diameter of the root system.

        If the sides or base of the planting hole are compacted, break the soil up with a fork before planting

       • With container grown plants, the top layers of compost should be scraped away, and the point where the roots flare out should be near the soil surface. 

        Place in the planting hole and refill the planting hole carefully, placing soil between and around all the roots to eliminate air pockets

       • When planting it is very important that the plant is not planted too deep, plant at the same level as it was at the nursery.

        There will be a clear indication on the stem of how deep the roots were in the ground, planting any deeper can cause the stem to rot and the plant to fail.


    How Much Watering to do Once Planted

    One of the most common problems with newly-planted trees and shrubs is drought stress, even during the mildest of our summers the rainfall will not normally replenish the soil with the necessary water the trees need to survive. During the establishment stage it is very important to ensure that the soil around the roots is moist at all times.

    Weeding Advice

    Weeds, lawns and other vegetation intercept water before it reaches the roots of newly planted trees and shrubs. It is best to keep a vegetation-free circle at least 1.2m (4ft) in diameter around the plant for its first three years to help avoid this problem. Keep the circle weed free through hoeing or use of contact or systemic weed killers. Laying mulch over this circle is also helpful, although take care to leave a collar of 10cm (4in) around the woody stems that is free of mulch, to prevent the risk of rotting the tree bark.

    Staking your Plant

    Where possible trees and shrubs should be staked as soon as they are planted, this is to prevent wind rock, and the movement of the roots. Most plants will take a couple of growing seasons to become fully anchored in the soil. The stakes should be checked regularly and any that are damaged or not fully supporting the plant should be replaced.

    Why Buy Bare Root Plants

    Bare root plants are the perfect choice when you are creating a hedge on a budget. This method of planting is the most cost and time efficient, allowing us to pass those savings on to you, and significant discounts are available for buying bare root plants in bulk. Grown outdoors in its basic form all year round - No pot, no peat, no heat - our bare root stock comes with the added assurance that it’s acclimatised to British winters, hardy as nature intended. Grown from seed in rich Herefordshire soil all our bare roots plants are available at varying sizes and ages to fit any hedge development.

    Bare root plants are lifted to order from November until March when they are dormant to reduce the shock of transplanting them. Bare Root hedging is delivered without soil on the roots. this means that you don't have to pay for the weight of the soil as you would with a Root Balled plant, making them more cost effective. We recommend that all Bare Root hedging plants should be planted as soon as possible as the plant is still alive and the roots need to be kept moist.

    If you are unable to immediately plant your bare roots plants, we recommend a number of storage guidelines to ensure they remain healthy out of the ground. Store them in a cool, dry, dark location, making sure they are not exposed to any wind or frost. Do not soak the roots in a bucket of water as they will retain the right amount of moisture needed, you can water them well once they are planted if you are concerned the roots are too dry.


    How we Measure Our Bare Root Plants

    Our plants are usually measured by height - '30-40cm' means a plant is between 30cm and 40cm high measured from soil level to the top of the plant - the roots are not included in the measurement.

    They are then carefully graded by height, batched into bundles of 25 or 10, boxed and dispatched straight to your door within 72 hours of picking to ensure freshness.
    (0/1) 1 Year Old - Hardwood cutting taken from a strong, healthy shoot on a mature plant. Cutting is  grown outdoors for 1 year to develop a healthy root system.
    (1+0) 1 Year Old - 1 year seedling grown at wide spacing. Seedling is undercut (roots are trimmed below the soil) during the growing season to promote a compact and fibrous root system and regulate plant height. This makes it a cheaper specification suitable when planting where weed competition will be less intense, soil is shallow or on exposed windy sites. Give high root to shoot ratio and minimal plant 'check'.
     (1+1) 2 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings have been grown in seed beds and then lined out for 1 year. They commonly range from 40-60cms or 60-80cms and is often the best choice and the staple norm. Gives robust plant with fibrous and compact roots.
    (1u1) 2 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings are undercut and grown in situ for 1 further year. The effect of this gives a slimmer, straighter plant.
    (1+2) 3 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings have been grown in seed beds and then lined out for 2 years. The effect of this gives a stocky, bushier plant.
    (2+1) 3 Year Old - 2 year old plant lined out for a further year. Gives stockier, bushier plant.
    (1+3) 4 Year Old - 1 year old seedling grown in seed bed then lined out for 3 years. Gives stocky, bushier plant.
    (2+2) 4 Year Old - 2 year old plant lined out for 2 further years. Gives stocky, bushier plant.

     

    Planting your hedging plants at the correct distance is essential for ensuring a great end result. The type of hedge you require will determine the planting style and distance of your plants.

    A single row works well in most garden environments, however a double staggered planting design is great for creating a dense hedge to deter intruders or to create a wind break.

    There are a number of variables that will decide the planting distance of your hedging plants; how vigorous a plant is, its habit, form and spread will all play a role in the final appearance of your hedge. For example: Bare root Yew should not really be planted any closer than 3 plants per metre due to its vast established spread, whereas a tight Box hedge should be planted with 5 plants in a single row.


    Our rough guide of planting distances:

    Plant Height Recommended Planting Density
    Up to 100cm 3-5 per metre for a single row
    Up to 100cm 5-7 per metre for a double row
    100 - 175cm 3 per metre for a single row
    100 - 175cm 5 per metre for a double row
    175cm + 2 per metre for a single row
    175cm + 4 per metre for a double row

    Remember that these planting densities should be used as a guide only.

    Hedge Nursery is the exclusive grower of Royal Horticultural Society Endorsed Hedging plants. Our hedging plants are licensed by the RHS as they are of the highest quality grown under expert nurserymen, with known seed provenance, and because of our great low-input growing methods. Our extensive selection of first class plants ranges from great value bare rooted plants to mature hedging for an instant effect. 

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    WHO WE ARE

    Down in Herefordshire on the edge of the Malvern Hills, across hundreds of acres of outstanding countryside, you’ll find us hard at work growing the toughest and healthiest plants in the UK. 

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    HOW WE DO IT 

    We’ve been working hard for years, planting 100,000 seedlings every day and supplying the strongest hedges to every corner of the UK. How do we do it? Now’s your chance to find out. 

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    OUR SOIL & SEED

    Every seed we plant is traceable, and comes from the best possible source for the best possible plants. A good seed deserves good soil, and ours is as  nutritious as it gets - and we’ve got over 220 acres of the stuff! 

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    KEEPING GREEN

     Solar power, green composts, and no nasty chemicals. At every step of the journey, we make sure that what we do doesn’t harm our environment or the local wildlife.

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