Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Goat Willow

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Salix caprea Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Willow
  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 12-18'
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Oval: round
  • Culture:

    Adaptable. Tolerates wet sites. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    Is often referred to as the Pussy Willow because of its velvety whitish male flowers (catkins) in spring, although the true pussy willow is Salix discolor, a species of less ornamental value than goat willow.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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