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Salix caprea 40-90cm

Salix caprea 40-90cm

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Product Description

Salix caprea, or the Goat Willow, is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree or large shrub known for its charming and distinctive appearance. This species is native to Europe and Asia and is recognized for its early spring flowering, producing fluffy catkins that resemble soft, silky "pussy willows." The leaves of Goat Willows are oval and finely toothed, with a glossy green upper surface and a paler, often slightly hairy underside. The tree is dioecious, meaning it has separate male and female plants, with the female trees producing clusters of small, inconspicuous flowers followed by seeds encased in cottony down. Goat Willows are valued for their ornamental and ecological significance, providing early nectar for pollinators and shelter for wildlife.

Cultivation:

  1. Location: Goat Willows thrive in full sun to partial shade. Choose a location with well-draining soil and adequate sunlight for the best growth and flowering.

  2. Soil: These trees are adaptable to various soil types, including loam, clay, and sandy soils. They prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil conditions. Good drainage is essential to prevent root rot.

  3. Planting: Plant Goat Willows in the spring or fall when they are dormant. Ensure the planting hole is deep and wide enough to accommodate the root ball, and space multiple trees or shrubs at least 10 to 15 feet apart.

  4. Watering: Provide regular watering, especially during dry spells or the tree's establishment period. Once established, Goat Willows are relatively drought-tolerant.

  5. Fertilization: Goat Willows typically do not require heavy fertilization. A balanced, slow-release fertilizer applied in the spring can help promote healthy growth.

  6. Pruning: Prune Goat Willows as needed to maintain their shape and remove dead or damaged branches. You can also prune them to encourage a bushier growth habit.

  7. Pests and Diseases: These trees are generally resistant to most pests and diseases. However, occasional issues with aphids or fungal diseases may occur. Monitor your tree and take appropriate measures if necessary.

  8. Wildlife Attraction: Goat Willows provide valuable early-season nectar for pollinators like bees and butterflies. They also offer shelter and food for birds and other wildlife.

  9. Propagation: You can propagate Goat Willows through hardwood cuttings or by collecting and planting the seeds in a well-prepared seedbed.

  10. Ornamental Value: The fluffy catkins of Goat Willows are highly ornamental and are often used in floral arrangements. They add a delightful touch to early spring gardens.

Goat Willows, Salix caprea, are prized for their early spring display of pussy willows and their ecological contributions. By following these cultivation tips and providing the right care, you can enjoy the beauty and benefits of these versatile trees in your landscape.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated in title description.

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.

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Plant height: 40-90cm

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