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Goat Willow


Although the books call this Goat Willow I prefer its other common name Sallow! What has this tree got to do with goats?

These large yellow flowers are quite conspicuous now as, like the Blackthorn, the flowers come before the leaves.

This is a common tree which is just as well as the flowers are a major nectar source for our early insects, especially moths. In a cold spring easy to find nectar sources can be the difference between life and death for many insects.

When these are just buds they are known as pussy willow and are a silvery white colour. When the flowers fully emerge, however, the silver gives way to gold and they make a lovely sight.


 

Common Name Goat Willow
Alternative Name(s) Sallow
Scientific Name Salix caprea
Species Group Deciduous Trees
Status
Interest Level
1
Visabile
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Willow family - Salicaceae
Status Common
Flower Colour Group Yellow
Visible
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
Preferred Environment
Look for Sprouts of yellow flowers coming from the stems
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Deciduous Trees