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FRENCH PUSSY WILLOW
Salix caprea

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Photo Locations: Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Needs ample water. Branches with catkins are cut in winter for flower arrangements. The inner bark is known to provide relief for mild pain and headaches.

Native to Europe to Northeastern Asia.

Trees may be referred to as male or female.

Family: Salicaceae

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 15 - 25 feet.

Width: 12 - 15 feet.

Growth Rate: 36 or More Inches per Year.

Longevity Less than 50 years.

Leaves Oblong to Ovate, Dark Green, Gold, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Gray or Pink. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.

Brown Capsule, Very Small (Under 0.25 inches), fruiting in Summer.

Bark Dark Brown, Dark Gray, Light Gray or Light Green, Furrowed or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 2 - 11 and 14 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Wet to Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Coastal Good.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids, Beetle Borers, Caterpillars and Spider Mites, Anthracnose, Willow Blight, Armillaria, Phytophthora, Root Rot, Rust and Sooty Mold.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Weak.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Special Uses & Values

Riparian or Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Salix caprea Tree Record." 1995-2018. Dec 18, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/salix-caprea >

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