Timberpedia - Goat Willow / Sallow

Goat Willow / Sallow

Latin Name:Irish Name:Native to Ireland?
Salix caprea Yes

About the Tree

A shrubby, pioneer tree in itself, it interbreeds with the sallow and osiers.

Goat Willow, Pussy Willow or Sallow is known more for its distinctive catkins that appear in March
and April. It is one of the commonest and most widespread of the willows, found everywhere in
damp woodlands, scrub and hedgerows.

About the Wood

In the past it was used for cloth pegs, rake teeth, tool handles etc. It coppices well and trials are
looking into its use as a source of fuel.

Salix caprea 02 Male catkin
Salix caprea8 Male catkins
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