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We supply cut price Willow Rods (or Whips), Willow Cuttings, and a range of Living Willow kits including structures such as Domes, Wigwams, Arbours, Fences / Hedges (or Fedges) and Tunnels. These cover a range of 17 selected varieties including Salix Viminalis, Salix Tortuous (Corkscrew or Curly Willow), Salix Alba Vitellina (Golden Willow, Salix Alba Chermesina (Scarlet Willow), Salix Purpurea (Chou Blue), Salix Sachalinensis (Sekka) and Salix Triandra (Black Maul).
See 'Online Shop' page for pricing & ordering, and 'Willow Varieties' page for summary listing of our products.
We are taking bookings now for winter planting season (Nov to Mid April) We cover whole of mainland UK for installs. See online shop for ordering. Orders placed May through to early November will be delivered mid November, orders place from mid November onwards will be delivered within 3-5 working days from date of placing order. Large items delivered 'Next Day' TNT service, smaller items Post Office 'Standard Parcels'.
Large Living Willow Tunnel Structure Kit
The photo above shows a large living willow tunnel structure about 8 weeks after construction. These can be supplied in kit form per metre length. The one shown is about 3m. The tunnel structure kit includes rods, membrane, ties, detailed instructions, pegs, and 9 photos showing various stages of construction.
For these the type of willow structures we use is Salix Viminalis. Each produces long supple rods which in a single growing season after pollarding can reach up of to 5m in length. The living tunnel will require periodic pruning and weaving of new growth to retain ideal tunnel shape.
Living Willow Fence / Hedge (Fedge) Structure Kit
The photo above shows a living willow Fedge (Fence / Hedge) structure about 8 weeks after construction. These can be supplied in kit form per metre length. The one shown is about 5m long. The Fedge structure kit includes rods, membrane, ties, detailed instructions, pegs, and 9 photos showing various stages of construction.
The living fedge structure will require periodic pruning and weaving of new growth. Heavy pruning at the top encourages growth at the bottom. The angled rods tend to sprout along entire length while the uprights from the top only.
Living Willow Dome Structure Kit
The photo above shows a small living willow Dome structure about 6 weeks after construction. It is 2m diameter and 1.8m high. Constructed using 73 x 2.5m+ Salix Viminalis willow rods.
We offer various sizes of dome kit, and as with other structure and sculpture kit offerings we provide full instructions and photos and various stages along with pegs, membrane ties etc.
A dome typically take 2 people between half and a full day to construct. Small tunnels can be built into entrances, large domes can have seating built inside. Ideal for schools. [A cheaper option is to do a wigwam, wigwams are simpler and use fewer rods] .
Small Living Willow Tunnel Structure Kit
The photo above shows a small living willow tunnel structure about 5 weeks after construction. These can be supplied in kit form per metre length. The one shown is about 6m.
The tunnel structure kit includes rods, membrane, ties, detailed instructions, pegs, and 9 photos showing various stages of construction. These can be made from various varieties of willow as rods of only about 1.5m in length are required.
These small tunnels are ideal for living willow structure or sculpture together or providing entrance to a dome. The willow tunnel can be straight, bendy as in the photo of even circular.
The photo above shows three different varieties of 170 x 25cm cuttings. Willow will grow readily from stem cuttings making propagation very straightforward.
Live willow cuttings are available from 1st December to the end of April. They are 25cm long and vary in thickness depending on the variety chosen.
See 'Willow Varieties' section for list of the varieties of cuttings offered along with a brief description. We offer cuttings in single, or bundles of 10/100/1000 for all 17 of the varieties we grow.
The key to successfully growing willow from cuttings is dealing with weeds. The easiest method being use of membrane to plant the cuttings through, see 'Planting' page on this site. However even without soil preparation or membrane of any sort, willow cuttings will still usually grow very successfully though not quite as vigorously.These varieties are hardy and fast growing. Even in the first season some can grow over 2m from cuttings given the right conditions.
Rods (Sometimes referred to as Whips)
Bundles of willow Rods / Whips are offered for a number of the varieties we grow which lend themselves to producing straight long stems with few side shoots. These are offered in 1.5, 2.0m, 2.5m, 3.0m and 3.5m lengths, and in bundles of 10, 100, and 1000. The best variety for producing good rods is Salix Viminalis. [Please ask regarding the very long 3m+ rods as these are not offered by default on the online shop owing to significant variation in delivery costs (we deliver these ourselves) The rods / Whips are superb for building 'Living Willow' structures, Fudges, or simple hedges, see 'Living Structures' section on this site for detailed information, examples, and photos. The photo to the right shows bundles of Salix Viminalis rods / Whips. This variety is ideal for living willow structures or sculpture, being able to grow in single season very flexible 3.5m+ rods with no side shoots. The ones below show the willow in mid summer whilst growing with leaves still on. Left shot Salix Viminalis, the right one Salix Triandra (Black Maul)Rods (Sometimes referred to as Whips).
Photos below show samples of our varieties and products. We supply willow cuttings for all 17 varieties, and willow rods, dome kits, fedge kits, sculpture kits, and tunnel kits for Salix Viminalis. We will also quote for installing structures, either our standard kits or to your own specifications. We now also offer Biodegradable Membrane Pegs, Jute Ties, Plastic Membrane Pegs, Bamboo Canes, and Spiral Tree Guards.
If you wish to be invoiced after taking delivery rather than using online shop please email us (email@example.com) details of order, including delivery address & post code, delivery contact name and tel number, and required delivery/install date. We will then confirm delivery price and date by email. Invoice PDF will be emailed to you again after delivery for payment. Same applies if you wish us to build structures for you.
Willow Structure / Sculpture Kits
We offer most structure / sculpture in kit form for ease of construction without having much experience in working with willow rods.
A kit comprises: -
- Sketches and photos of all stages of build.
- Detailed written instructions. - Appropriate numbers & sizes of Willow rods .
- Weed membrane, woven heavy duty permeable.
- Pegs to hold down membrane.
- String or gardening twine to tie in the willow weave.
The photo above shows a small dome using 73 x 2.5m Salix Viminalis rods.
A dome is ideal for a school and larger ones can have seating inside providing excellent shelter from the sun or wind for classes or play. Children enjoy helping to build domes and watching them grow and develop. A cheaper option is to do a wigwam, wigwams are simple to build and use fewer rods.
Living Willow Dome & Tunnel Structure
The photo above shows a large 3m dome just completed using 80 x 5.5m Salix Viminalis rods. It also has a curved 3m long tunnel entrance connected to it, this uses 38 x 2.5m Rods.
This arrangement is very popular and we sell these in kit form, everything you need to make this. It takes about a day for one person to construct and using the detailed instructions and photos we provide can be done very successfully even if you have no experience at all.
A large square of membrane is provide which is trimmed and tucked into ground with a spade after build is completed.
Ornamental Willow - Salix Candida
The photo above shows Salix Candida coppice, showing very distinctive colouring of this plant. Very attractive tree with furry leaves & large yellow catkins. Very thick stems, growing 1.5m per year in sheltered locations, having large 'furry' leaves, with large yellow catkins.
Salix Candida is from North America, a very ornamental willow which grows into a small shrub up to 2.5m in height. The hairy rods remind of deer antlers. A further feature of this willow are the very large buds.
Ornamental Willow - Salix Sachalinensis (Sekka)
The photo above shows Salix Sachalinensis (Sekka). The rods curve round and can be used fresh or dried in flower arrangements. Catkins appear in February, turning first pink and then golden as they mature.
Sekka will grow to around 4m height and makes a lovely feature in a garden. Excellent ornamental shrub. Can grow into huge tropical shrub. Very distinctive shaped leaves not found in any other willows.
Salix Pentandra (Bay Willow)
The photo above shows Salix Pentandra (Bay Willow) - a large willow shrub or small tree usually growing to 5-7m high but exceptionally known to reach 17m. Salix Pentandra is frequently found by streams and rivers and on wet ground.
Bay willow appeals to gardeners because of its attractive foliage and catkins and is said to have fragrance like Bay leaves. Has very distinctive beige coloured stems in the winter..
Curly Willow /
Salix Tortuous (Corkscrew/Contorted)
Curly Willow / Salix Tortuous (Corkscrew/Contorted) is a fast growing, spreading deciduous tree which can grow up to 10m with narrow tapering bright green leaves. The corkscrew / curly effect in the stems being most evident after leaf fall.
Curly willow is more drought tolerant than most willows. Contortion increases with vigour so pollarding enhances it. Curly willow thrives best in moist soil conditions and prefers full sun.