Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Salix caprea

Goat Willow

Goat Willow is a large shrub willow found in ditches, reedbeds, wet woodland and urban waste ground. It is one of the UK’s commonest willows and is known for the fluffy, silver-grey male catkins – or ‘pussy willows’ – that appear in January and turn bright yellow in March.

How to identify?

Goat Willow can be distinguished from other scrub willows by its broad leaves (twice as broad as long) that have thick silky hairs on their undersides.

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Scientific Name

Salix caprea

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