50 years to reach maturity
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Goat Willow Overview
Salix caprea is a deciduous tree or shrub species from the Salicaceae family. Originating from Eurasia, it is commonly known by the names Goat Willow and Pussy Willow, amongst others. It is hardy and has a bushy habit and may form multiple trunks, easily growing to 10m in height. Leaves are oval in shape with curving, pointed tips and they have serrated edges. Coloured green, with grey, finely hairy undersides. Flowers form from late spring to early summer, after the leaves. They are arranged in catkin structures. Female flowers are greenish and male flowers grey, ripening to yellow. Goat Willow are dioecious plants, which produce male and female flowers on individual plants. Bark is coloured dark grey-brown and has a diamond-patterned, fissured texture. Stems are flexible and yellow-brown in colour.
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