Goat Willow

Latin name: Salix caprea

Family: Willow

Average Height: 15m

Distinctive features: Thin wispy stems that tend to hang down, leaves are alternate with very small teeth. Catkins are very distinctive with a silky texture and yellow flowers.

Top uses: Willow also contains tannin and the drug salicin which is used in medicine and led to the development of acetylsalicylic acid or aspirin.

Interesting facts: “Pussy Willow” is its popular name referring to the smooth texture of the catkins.