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Goat Willow or Great Sallow Willow (Salix caprea)


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A very widespread tree or large bush, Goat or Sallow Willow, grows in forests, ditches and hedgerows. It grows up to 10 metres high, it can colonise forest clearings. The bark is smooth or wide cracked and grey and the twigs stout and smooth. It flowers before the leaves appear. This tree shows the male catkins. It flowers in May and the seeds ripen and drop in May. It has dark green rounded leaves. It is frost resistant and can live in poor soils. Picture taken at the Eceni Site near Wells-next-to-the-Sea Norfolk, February 10th 2011.

14th Feb 2011 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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