Salix caprea "Pendula" - Goat Willow, Pussy Willow

Salix caprea Pendula - Goat Willow, Pussy Willow
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Salix caprea Pendula - Goat Willow, Pussy Willow
Salix caprea Pendula - Goat Willow, Pussy Willow

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Salix caprea or Goat Willow,  also known as the Pussy Willow or Great Sallow, is a common species of willow native to Europe and western and central Asia.

It is a deciduous shrub or small tree, reaching a height of 6-12 m, rarely to 20 m. The leaves are 3-12 cm long and from 2-8 cm wide, broader than most other willows. The flowers are soft silky, silvery 3-7 cm long catkins, produced in early spring before the new leaves appear; the male and female catkins are on different plants (dioecious). The male catkins mature yellow at pollen release, the female catkins maturing pale green. The fruit is a small capsule 5-10 mm long containing numerous minute seeds embedded in fine cottony hairs. The seeds are very small (about 0.2 mm) with the fine hairs aiding dispersal; they require bare soil to germinate.

There are two varieties:

Salix caprea var. caprea. Lowland regions throughout the range. Leaves thinly hairy above, densely hairy below, 5-12 cm long; stipules persistent until autumn.

Salix caprea var. sphacelata High altitudes in the mountains of central and northern Europe (Alps, Carpathians, Scotland, Scandinavia). Leaves densely silky-hairy on both sides, 3-7 cm long; stipules early deciduous.

 


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