Belongs to: trees

Sallow Salix caprea

Also known as: pussy willow, goat willow


Best time to see: all year

Key facts

A spreading small tree, commonly known as the pussy willow because of its furry catkins, growing in any damp spot

Unlike most willows, which have narrow leaves, its wrinkly leaves, with grey felt underneath, are usually oval

Greenish brown catkins appear before the leaves. January to March

  • Main photo
  • buds

Photo © Owen Keen

Photo © Owen Keen