Salix Caprea (Goat Willow)- A small, fast-growing native tree that grows equally well on dry and wet soils and its good root system means that it can also tolerate steep slopes and embankments. Its leaves are small and rounded, nearly oval, this contrasts with the long, thin leaves which are commonly associated with willow trees. In the early spring, goat willow produces large yellow/green catkins, making the tree particularly noticeable. Being relatively easy to grow, goat willow can be found up and down the Uk, lining lakes and riverbanks as well as in woodlands, hedges and scrubland.
Fruit: Male and female flowers are in catkins. They appear before the leaves around March/April. Male and female catkins appear on separate trees.
Timber: The timber is soft and light. It can be used the make matches and paper pulp.
Soil Types/Habitat: Suitable for most sights and situations but grows best on moist soils. Suitable for most environments.