Pussy willow

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  1. Pauline Beasley

    Pauline Beasley New Member

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    I've just recently purchased a pink pussy willow....with the intention of planting it in my front garden...that's just been block paved... theres a small space to plant a shrub/tree...my concern is if I plant the pussy willow...will the roots eventually damage the block paving ..by pushing the paving upwards ..as it was suggested that the roots damage water pipes...please advise before I plant
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Might be helpful to know a scientific name... but, lacking that, were you told a height that the tree or shrub would grow to?
     
  3. Margot

    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Hi Pauline - welcome to the UBC Forums!
    In my opinion - and this is just an opinion - no willow would be a 'top drawer' choice for the position you describe. For one thing, willows (Salix) are deciduous (losing all their leaves over the winter) and also, they are notorious for roots that spread widely and are very aggressive in seeking out moisture.

    I would be looking for an evergreen plant that grows taller than wide. If you want to send a photo of the space you have in mind, we may be able to provide some specific suggestions.
     
  4. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Assuming the OP's Sudbury location is Sudbury in southeast England, it'll be Salix caprea.
     

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