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Salix caprea

Common Name(s):
European pussy willow, Goat willow, Pussy-willow
Cultivar(s):
'Pendula'
Categories:
Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

A small tree or shrub that withstands heavy pruning and is tolerant of adverse conditions.  It can be a short lived individual.

Wildlife Value: Members of the Salix genus support the following specilized bees: Andrena (Parandrena) andrenoidesAndrena (Thysandrena) bisalicisAndrena (Tylandrena) erythrogasterAndrena (Andrena) frigidaAndrena (Micrandrena) illinoiensisAndrena (Andrena) macoupinensisAndrena (Trachandrena) mariaeAndrena (Parandrena) nidaAndrena (Micrandrena) nigraeAndrena (Micrandrena) salictariaAndrena (Parandrena) wellesleyanaThis tree is mildly resistant to damage by deer.

Height:
12-25 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple dark green leaves; 2-4 in. long; gray pubescent below
Flower:
Showy male 1-2 in. catkins in early spring
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright; shrubby; multistemmed; multitrunk
Width:
8-15 ft.
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Leaf:
2 to 4 in. alternate, simple leaves
Tags:
deciduous, bees, small tree, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 1762

Salix caprea Upperside of leaf
Matt Lavin, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Salix caprea Underside of leaf
Matt Lavin, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Salix caprea Fuzzy buds
Phil Sellens, CC BY - 2.0
Salix caprea Flowers
Hornet Arts, CC BY-NC-2.0
Salix caprea Form
Klasse Im Garten , CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0