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Salix caprea (Goat willow)

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skill rating
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
Max height
Ultimate spread
Max spread
Time to maturity
20-50 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Salix caprea

Other names: Goat willow, Pussy willow, Sally, Palm willow, Florists willow, Great sallow, Sallow, Northamptonshire palm

Genus: Salix

Species: S. caprea - S. caprea is a deciduous shrub or small tree with broad leaves and soft silky, silvery catkins, produced in early spring before the new leaves appear. The male and female catkins are on different plants.

Salix caprea is: Deciduous

Flower: Silvery-grey in Spring

Foliage: Green in Summer

Tree shape: Rounded

Watch out for

Specific pests: Aphids , Caterpillars , Leaf beetles (willow and poplar) , Sawflies

Specific diseases: Anthracnose diseases , Rust

General care

Pruning: Can be pollarded every 3-4 years.. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings. REGISTER to

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Salix caprea (Goat willow) will reach a height of 12m and a spread of 8m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses: Coastal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation: Plant in moist but well-drained or well-drained soil in full sun. Dislikes shallow chalk soil.

Soil type: Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

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