Salix caprea - Goat Willow
Salix caprea -Goat Willow is a small, native deciduous tree which has a wide range throughout the UK. Commonly known as the Pussy willow as the male catkins have the appearance of a cats paw.
Goat willow is a very valuable species. Useful as a windbreak or shelterbelt plus good for preventing soil erosion. It has a taller eventual height than Grey willow.
This species is one of our first native trees to flower in the spring and it provides a high quantity of quality pollen and nectar food source to insects and birds such as the difficult to find regal purple emperor butterfly.