Goat Willow, Salix caprea
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Goat Willow, Salix caprea

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  • More commonly known as pussy willow, this rounded deciduous shrub produces large grey catkins in spring that resemble a cat's paw
  • The catkins emerge before the leaves and look stunning against the orange-yellow shoots
  • UK grown sapling from UK-sourced seed
  • Wildlife friendly - one of the main food sources for the rare Purple Admiral butterfly so well worth growing!
  • Supplied as a plug-grown sapling 20-40cm from end to end, ready for immediate planting

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Item: 500212
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Trees add structure and drama to a garden, and native trees bring much needed colour which changes with the seasons.

Native trees will benefit local ecosystems, providing food and shelter for many species of birds, mammals and insects, and this tree has been UK grown from UK-sourced seed.

They're low maintenance, thriving naturally in favourable conditions and being native can cope with our rainfall.
Environmentally, native trees help combat global warming by using carbon dioxide and also help protect from flooding by preventing soil erosion, reducing surface run off and slowing large floods - two of the most important environmental considerations at present!

More commonly known as pussy willow, this rounded deciduous shrub produces large grey catkins in spring that resemble a cat's paw - hence the name.

The catkins emerge before the leaves and look stunning against the orange-yellow shoots.

Unlike most willows, the leaves are rounded with a downy underside and are easily recognisable as the tip bends slightly to the side. They are one of the main food sources for the rare Purple Admiral butterfly so well worth growing!

Supplied as a plug-grown sapling 20-40cm from end to end, ready for immediate planting.

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Item 500212 supplied as:
Supplied as a plug-grown sapling, 20-40cm from end to end, ready for immediate planting. Trees are deciduous and supplied dormant, so no leaves October - April.

Plant Care Information

Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

Add mycorrhizal fungi to the planting hole to help your new tree establish quicker.

Care Information

  • Best in an open sunny site is most soil types.
  • If your planting area is overgrown, cut the grass short and weed.
  • When planting, dig a hole 3 x the size of the plug and incorporate some organic matter.
  • Plant at the same level as the top of the plug - look for the mark on the tree where it originally started to grow above the ground.
  • Backfill gently around the tree and water in well. Don't compact the soil.
  • Stake young trees with a cane to prevent lopsided growth.
  • Add a tree guard if necessary.

 

Pruning Advice:

  • Hard pruning is not recommended, and mature trees require very little attention.
  • When pruning is required, prune only when fully dormant from late summer to before mid-winter to prevent 'bleeding'.
  • When young, any laterals can be removed to produce a clear trunk, along with any dead, diseased or damaged branches.

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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
1200 cm
800 cm
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