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SALIX caprea

Commonly known as Goat willow, Palm willow, Pussy willow

Female form is known as 'Pussy Willow'
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Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only
individually £8.50 each, 3+ £8.00 each


  • Deciduous - oval leaves to 10cm (4in) long with wavy margins and a short point, dark grey-green above, pale grey with silky hairs on the underside.
  • Height - 10m (33ft)
  • Spread - 3-6m (10-20ft)
  • Tree - shrubby, short-trunked tree with smooth, greenish-brown bark, fissured when old. Male and female catkins grow on separate trees. The slender, light green females are produced first followed by the silky grey, budlike males with showy, golden anthers.
  • Very hardy - Hardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - UK native. Important plant second to oak as a species for wildlife - insects, bats. Possibly the tree of WB Yeats 'Salley Gardens'. Usually remains shrubby to about 5m (16ft)
  • Pests & Diseases - aphids, caterpillars, leaf beetles, sawflies, willow scale, anthracnose, honey fungus, rust.
  • Place of origin - Europe, western and central Asia.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Coastal / windswept -
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest - Spring -
  • Soil Conditions - Tolerates all - - except chalk. Tolerates drier soil than most willows
  • Wet or boggy soil
  • Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly spreading -
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
10m (33ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  3-6m (10-20ft)

Buy Varieties of SALIX caprea

SALIX caprea 'Kilmarnock'

SALIX caprea 'Kilmarnock'  >

Commonly known as: Goat willow, Pussy willow.
Top grafted weeping Kilmarnock willow
H/Std £30.00 each

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