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Goat Willow plants are a popular native hedging species, easily recognised by the pretty catkins that are silver or gold in colour. The catkins on Salix caprea begin to appear in spring, decorating the bare branches, later followed by muted green, broad leaves with silvery, hairy undersides.  Like all Willow plants, this variety will cope with all soils from normal to very wet.

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  • Best Features: silver and gold catkins, green foliage, wildlife value
  • Ideal For Hedges: 1-4m
  • Growth Rate: Average | 20-40cm
  • Position: Full sun, partial shade, normal-dry soils, sheltered or exposed, inland or coastal
  • Also Consider: Alder (Alnus glutinosa) is also great for wet soils.

*Please note, 1 bare root = 1 Willow plant, not a bundle of plants. We use a mixture of bare root photos taken in leaf from our growing sites in summer, as well as during the bare root planting season when Willow may be defoliated.

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Goat Willow (Salix caprea)

Goat Willow plants (Salix caprea) are a beautiful native hedging species. Also known as Pussy Willow, this deciduous hedging plant is immediately recognisable for its soft silver or gold catkins that begin to appear in spring, followed by broad, oval-shaped green leaves with silvery undersides.

Goat Willow Hedge (Salix caprea)

Goat Willow is wonderful for wildlife, supporting hundreds of species of insects, particularly moths. The gold, male catkins that bloom in spring are rich in nectar, making Goat Willow a very bee-friendly hedging plant.

Although many types of willow hedge are better suited to wet soils, Salix caprea prefers normal, well-drained soils. Goat Willow also thrives best in sun or partial shade.Most popular uses for Goat Willow hedges

Goat Willow plants are perfect if you’d like a wildlife-friendly garden. Salix caprea’s unique appearance also makes it an attractive addition to an informal mixed native hedge.

Combine Salix capea with

Plant Goat Willow alone for a stunning feature hedge that is sure to attract an abundance of wildlife, or combine it with other native hedging plants for a striking mix of colours and textures..

Expected growth rate of Goat Willow

Goat Willow has an average growth rate, achieving around 20-40cm per year. It’s ideal for heights between 1-4m.

Care advice for Salix caprea

A low-maintenance hedge, Goat Willow only requires pruning lightly in later winter or early spring. If you’d like to know more about maintaining a willow hedge, best4hedging has Care and Planting tips in our Advice section.

Planting density for willow hedging

If you’d like to know how to plant a willow hedge, we have listed our recommended plant density for each species in the table above. Goat Willow is available as bare roots from November to late April/early May, offering great value for money. The plants are also available as cell grown and pot grown throughout the year.

Most of our Goat Willow hedges are expertly grown in the UK, but occasionally we may have to source some willow plants outside of the UK. If this happens, we make sure that we only obtain plants of the highest quality. best4hedging always strives to offer the freshest condition plants of unrivalled quality, whilst still maintaining our competitive prices./p>

Showing 20 of our total 36 reviews, with an average rating of 5 stars. Read all 36 reviews for Goat Willow plants.
Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
April 8, 2021 | Sandra Morris
Goat Willow plants

These are coming on well. Well packaged. Thank you

March 3, 2021 | Gill Fitzjohn
Goat Willow plants

As Above

December 27, 2020 | Anonymous
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February 24, 2020 | Anonymous
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February 18, 2020 | Anonymous
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December 27, 2019 | patricia barlow
Goat Willow plants

Excellent

November 27, 2019 | Sarah S. Glanville
Goat Willow plants

Not grown this before, good strong healthy plants so should do well.

March 21, 2019 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

As Above

May 7, 2018 | J A Webb
Goat Willow plants

One in 4 dead! Not good enough!

April 15, 2018 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

Seem to be all you would want from a bare root specimen

February 24, 2017 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

As Above

February 13, 2017 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

Very vigorous growth.

February 10, 2017 | Anonymous
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February 5, 2017 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

Bare rooted, again excellent condition and size, plenty of branches.

December 29, 2016 | Anonymous
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December 21, 2016 | Anonymous
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April 26, 2016 | Anonymous
Goat Willow plants

Fantastic quality and perfect specimens.

April 25, 2016 | Anonymous
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Quick delivery service

April 22, 2016 | Anonymous
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As Above

April 17, 2016 | Anonymous
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