Pussy Willow Salix Caprea

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Volume 1-2 3-9 10+
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Price per plant £1.76 £1.01 £0.76 £0.50
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Product description

SALIX CAPREA – Goat Willow

Characteristics

Great Sallow or Goat Willow is small native tree or a very large shrub, almost always found with branching low from short trunk or multi-stemmed.  It can grow to 15m (50ft).

Its other common name is Pussy willow, so called as the male silky catkins appear on the leafless shoots in March.

This is a colonising species and will often be found in waste places and hedgerows.

Where to grow

All willows are extremely adaptable trees they will grow in most conditions including very poor permanently waterlogged soils.  They will also do very well in good conditions and will tolerate a certain amount of maritime exposure.  They do however require a sunny spot.

Did you know?

The origin of the common name Goat Willow probably originates from the use of sallow as fodder for goats and sheep when other pasturage was scarce.

 

Mature height
Medium - 10-15 metres
Spread
10-15metres
Shape/habit
Spreading
Growth rate
Very Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty/hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen/Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Winter
Summer
Autumn colour
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Dense
Early to Leaf
Flower colour
Yellow
Flowering month
March
Native/Naturalised
Native
Moisture levels
Wet/Water logged sites
Other
Good for Coastal sites
Good for Windy sites
Good at altitude
Uses
Screening
Parkland Tree
Country/Farmland
Encourages wildlife
Bee Friendly
Pollarding/Coppice
Flower Arranging

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.

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