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Species: Salix caprea

(say'liks cap'ree-ah)

Salix caprea

Goat Willow; Pussy Willow

Found on Course Walks

Wet Site Plants

Map of plant locations

(Plant location data may be incomplete)

In Collection(s):

Tree Identification Guide
Woody Shrubs for Storm Water Retention

Cultivars

This European species has few cultivars how ever there are several closely related species that also can sometime be found in cultivation: S. discolor (North America; 'Rosea' has pale rosy catkins), and S. gracilistyla (Asia; 'Melanostachys' bears black catkins with red anthers)

'Curly Locks', 'Pendula'

Ornamental Characteristics

Shrub > 8 feet

15' - 25' (to 30') (12' - 15' spread)

Deciduous

shrub or small tree

best in full sun (rangy in shade)

Environmental Characteristics

Full sun, Part shade

3b

Can tolerate acid to alkaline soil (pH 5.0 to 8.0)

flowers very early - March or April; soft silky catkins (hence the common name

Occasionally saturated or very wet soil; Consistently moist, well-drained soil; Occasional periods of dry soil
See graphic below

Insect Disease

short-lived due to many insect and disease problems

Bare Root Transplanting


Other

native to Europe, northeast Asia, Japan

Moisture Tolerance Graphic

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Moisture Tolerance

Moisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil
Consistently moist, well-drained soil
Occasional periods of dry soil
Prolonged periods of dry soil
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