Goat Willow or Great Sallow

The Goat Willow or Great Sallow, as the generic name suggests belongs to the Salicaceae. This small tree has a wide distribution though Europe (including Britain) to West Asia. This tree is familiar to all as Pussy Willow. A sport from this small tree about 1853 was given the cultivar name 'Kilmarnock'. It has pendulous branches and equally conspicuous catkins. Although this plant was given an Award of Garden Merit in 1984, sadly it is subject to the disfiguring fungus - willow anthracnose. Ideal for damp sites or near to water.