Goat willow's familiar 'pussy willow' is named because of its silky, grey male catkins that resemble a cat’s paw. It’s a great tree for gardens, providing structure with its winter shoots and soft catkins in early spring.
Estimate full grown height: 6-10 metres, growing an estimated 40-50cm each year.
Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.
Value to wildlife: The leaves of goat willow are eaten by insects and it is also the main food plant of one of the most stunning butterflies in Britain - the purple emperor.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Damper areas and around ponds or water.
UK and Ireland Sourced and Grown (UKISG): Every sapling that we provide is UK and Ireland sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK and Ireland, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
Learn more about this species on our goat willow page.