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Goat Willow

Salix caprea

Also known as

Great sallow, Pussy willow, Florist's willow, Sallow, Willow

Photo by mybrilliantcareer (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








50 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of some yellow Salix caprea flowers
A close up of some Salix caprea flowers
A photo of Goat Willow
A photo of Goat Willow
A photo of Goat Willow

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.

Common problems with Goat Willow

How to propagate Goat Willow




By layering.

Special features of Goat Willow

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Goat Willow

Spring interest.

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