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A fast growing tree with velvety flowers

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The Goat Willow (Salix caprea) also known as "Pussy Willow" is a fast growing tree with velvety flowers.

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Your tree gift will be approx. 20 - 80cm tall. It comes packaged in a jute drawstring bag, with a gift card containing your personal message and a tree planting guide to show you how to give your tree a healthy start to its life.

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The Goat Willow (Salix caprea) also known as "Pussy Willow" is a fast growing tree with velvety flowers.

Both Goat Willow and Grey Willow (Salix cinerea) are also sometimes called 'pussy willow' after the silky grey male flowers, which resemble a cat's paws.


Goat Willows prefers wet soils but they thrive almost anywhere and mature trees grow to 10m and can live for 300 years.

The bark is grey-brown and develops diamond-shaped fissures with age. Twigs are initially hairy becoming smooth, and can appear reddish yellow in sunlight.

Leaves are oval, have a pointed tip which bends to one side and a felt-like coating of fine grey hairs underneath.

Goat willow is dioecious, which means the male and female flowers grow on separate trees. Male catkins are grey and stout turning yellow when they are ripe with pollen. Female catkins are longer and green and develop into woolly seeds.

There are many native willow species in the UK and many hybridise each other, which makes them tricky to identify. For example, Goat Willow often hybridises with the Grey Willow (Salix cinerea) which it is closely related to.


Goat willow timber is soft and yellow. Unlike most willows, it has brittle twigs. Its wood is used to make clothes pegs, while the foliage used to be a good winter feed for cattle. The wood also makes a good fuel for fires / wood burners.

Willows were traditionally used for pain relief. Asprin is derived from salicin, which is a compound found in the bark of all willows.

Mythology and symbolism

Willows used to be associated with celebration but they are now associated with sadness and mourning. In northern regions willow branches are used, instead of palm branches, to celebrate Palm Sunday.

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