Goat Willow (Salix caprea)
The odd willow out, as Goat Willow (or Pussy Willow, or Sallow) doesn't necessarily need wet, although it grows as quickly as our other native willows. The Goat Willow is dioecious too - male and female flowers appear on separate trees. The male flowers are in the form of yellow catkins (as pictured), which are an important source of early pollen and nectar for bees in the critical period of early spring. In the female form Goat Willow has silver catkins, which are also an excellent source of early season nectar. There was a beautiful old Goat Willow tree in our old village that is covered with our bees as soon as it comes into flower. Useful for the church flowers, too. Among its dependent species is the spectacular Purple Emperor, for which it is a foodplant. They seem to be second only to the oaks in terms of dependent species, which include several small mammals.
Willow pollards are a defining characteristic of traditional lowland river and wetland landscapes like the Somerset Levels, and their rapid regrowth has led to biomass experimentation - we include them in our trees for wood fuel collection.
Provenance certificates are available on request for Goat Willows, which are from the Southwest of England.
Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
50% of our profit on sales of Goat Willow trees is donated to The Tree Council
See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting. These Goat Willow trees are all bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March. During the lifting season there may be up to two weeks delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders for Goat Willows placed between March and September are confirmed in October ready for dispatch from November.