Latin name: Salix caprea
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.