Sallow/Goat Willow

The goat willow, known as Salix caprea, is a deciduous tree native to Europe and parts of Asia. It is recognized for its distinctive furry, greyish catkins that appear in early spring before the leaves emerge.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a broad, spreading crown and oval, gray-green leaves. It produces small, yellow catkins in early spring.


The Produce

The male plants produce cylindrical catkins in early spring before the leaves appear.


The Flowers

Produces small, yellow catkins in early spring.


The Leaves

They are typically grey-green on the upper side and lighter underneath.


The Bark

The bark is gray and becomes deeply fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in wetlands, gardens, and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The catkins are an important early source of nectar for bees.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental catkins and its use in traditional medicine. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Sallow, also known as Goat Willow, is one of the earliest flowering trees, providing a valuable nectar source for bees in early spring.

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