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. It has long, slender leaves that open following the appearance of catkins in spring, which are green and yellow. In the wild, it rarely reaches more than 3-6m tall, but with human attention it can grow close to 10m.
If you want a supply of willow withies to weave, or if you need a screen in a hurry, it’s a great choice.