Salix caprea – Goat or Pussy Willow

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Salix caprea is a standout species of native Willow in the it has broad leaves rather than the finer, thin leaves often associated with the genus. These leaves are a beautiful silvery colour that can be quite striking against darker foliage in a design. The flower display is a great attention seeker, where the male catkins look like cats paws, hence the common name Pussy Willow. These flowers are a great attraction to insects and are one of the best pollinators that we grow. The bark is smooth and grey in colour, but as it ages diamond shaped fissures appear, adding even more character.

We pollard our Salix caprea at about 2m tall every spring after they flower. By doing this you get a nice multistem base with a large canopy that can regenerate every year. This means that it will never become too tall and can be kept in a much smaller space.

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Flowers:  Plentiful, initially silvery then turning to yellow.  Great for flower arranging.

Fruit:  N/A

Bark:  Smooth, grey.

Leaves:  Deciduous, round to broadley elliptical, pale green in colour and silvery grey underneath.

Autumn Colour:  Yellow to orange/brown.

Ultimate Height:  N/A pollarded at 2m.

Uses:  Silvery leaves can be used as a leaf contrast and the flower display is a great attention seeker.

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