SALIX caprea

Commonly known as Goat willow, Palm willow, Pussy willow

Female form is known as 'Pussy Willow'
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Oval leaves to 10cm (4in) long with wavy margins, toothed or entire, and a short point, dark grey-green above, pale grey with silky hairs on the underside.
  • Height
    9m (30ft)
  • Spread
    6m (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

SALIX caprea

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individually £9.50 each , 3+ £8.00 each 


  • 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
    Tolerant of full exposure to sea winds
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf shape
    (see photos above)
    (see photos above)
  • 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
  • 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
9m (30ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  6m (20ft)

Buy Varieties of SALIX caprea

SALIX caprea 'Kilmarnock'

SALIX caprea 'Kilmarnock'

Goat willow, Pussy willow

top grafted weeping Kilmarnock willow

£40.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

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