This tree is an amazingly useful bush/tree, every medium garden should have one if possible. It is ideal for coppicing, for use in the vegetable garden or staking flowers. For ever the coppiced growths were used by farmers to make hurdles to help control sheep. The bush produces attractive catkins and very attractive large leaves in the summer.
It will grow well in most soil types. It could grow to around 12 meters tall but likes to be cut back (coppiced).