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Goat willow

Provides food and shelter for butterflies, bees and more.
SKU: SACA
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£6.95

Goat willow

Salix caprea

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.

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 sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, 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.

Goat willow

Salix caprea

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.

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 sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, 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.

Planting information: As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Oct-Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees and your sapling is dormant, as long as it is kept free from frost and wind as well as being kept moist and in light conditions then it will last a few weeks before planting.

Mar-Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out, lose nutrients etc.

On-going care requirements: Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; this will mainly be weeding around the base to reduce the competition for nutrients and ensuring your tree has enough water. For more information about caring for your trees, click here.

Delivery information: Free delivery is available for all tree orders but please allow up to 7-10 days for your delivery to arrive. You will receive a cell grown sapling, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. 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. 

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