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Cultural Details for Salix caprea

Common Name:
Goat Willow

Growth Rate:
Fast, 3-6' per year.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
1-2" long catkins appears in March- early April.

Fruit Details:
Strobile 1" long, releases minute seeds with long tufted white hairs.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Smooth, yellowish brown young stems, Dark brown and irregulary scaly with age.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Willows, like poplars are afflicted by numerous problems such as bacterial twig blight, many cankers, mottled willow borer, willow shoot sawfly and many other selected insects.

Native Habitat:
native to Europe and northeastern Asia

Other Features:
This species is often confused with S. discolor Muhl, the true Pussy Willow.

Culture and Care:
Easily propagated, love wet soil, full sun, pH adaptable. Zones 4-8

This plant was blooming:
3/22/2010 - 4/5/2010
3/22/2007 - 4/2/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
7810, 7830

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.