Grey Willow / Pussy Willow Tree Gift

£19.99

Our Grey Willow tree gift is the perfect present for cricket fans as cricket bats are made from willow. It’s also a great gift for a 5th (wood) wedding anniversary.

The Grey Willow (Salix cinerea) also known as “Pussy Willow” is a fast growing tree with velvety flowers.

It can reach a height of 10 metres (35 feet).  Read more …

What’s in the box?

  • A tree (approx. 25 – 75cm tall) packaged in a jute drawstring bag
  • A gift card with your personal message
  • A tree label with the tree species info
  • A tree planting guide to show you how to give your tree a healthy start to its life.
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Description

The Grey Willow (Salix cinerea) also known as “Pussy Willow” is a fast growing tree with velvety flowers.

Both Grey Willow and Goat Willow (Salix caprea) are also sometimes called ‘pussy willow’ after the silky grey male flowers, which resemble a cat’s paws.

 

Useful info about Grey Willow trees

Latin NameSalix cinerea
TypeDeciduous (loses its leaves in winter)
HeightCan grow up to 10 metres (35 feet)
SpreadThe branches can spread out to 3 - 5 metres (10 - 20 feet)
Soil Types PreferredClay, Sand
Locations SuitableFarmland, Gardens, Parks
FlowersSilver, hairy flowers / catkins in early spring
FruitSeeds in May
Celtic Tree MonthApril 15 - May 12

Similar Species

 

Characteristics

Grey Willows prefers wet soils but they thrive almost anywhere and mature trees grow to 10m and can live for 300 years.

The bark is grey-brown and develops diamond-shaped fissures with age. Twigs are initially hairy becoming smooth, and can appear reddish yellow in sunlight.

Leaves are oval, have a pointed tip which bends to one side and a felt-like coating of fine grey hairs underneath. Unlike goat willow, the leaves are at least twice as long as they are wide

Grey willow is dioecious, which means the male and female flowers grow on separate trees. Male catkins are grey and stout turning yellow when they are ripe with pollen. Female catkins are longer and green and develop into woolly seeds.

There are many native willow species in the UK and many hybridise each other, which makes them tricky to identify. For example, Grey Willow often hybridises with the Goat Willow (Salix caprea) which it is closely related to.

 

Further Information

Grey Willow (Salix cinerea) is a deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 4-15 m high and is usually found growing in wetlands.

The bark is grey-brown and develops diamond-shaped fissures with age. Twigs are initially hairy becoming smooth, and can appear reddish yellow in sunlight.

The leaves are oval, have a pointed tip which bends to one side and a felt-like coating of fine grey hairs underneath. Unlike Goat Willow, the leaves are at least twice as long as they are wide

The flowers are produced in early spring in catkins 2–5 cm long; it is dioecious with male and female catkins on separate plants.

Grey willow is dioecious, which means the male and female flowers grow on separate trees. Male catkins are grey and stout turning yellow when they are ripe with pollen. Female catkins are longer and green and develop into woolly seeds.

The male catkins are silvery at first, turning yellow when the pollen is released; the female catkins are greenish-grey, maturing in early summer to release the numerous tiny seeds embedded in white cottony down which assists wind dispersal.

There are many native willow species in the UK and many hybridise each other, which makes them tricky to identify. For example, Grey Willow often hybridises with the Goat Willow (Salix caprea) which it is closely related to.

 

Uses

Willows were traditionally used for pain relief. Asprin is derived from salicin, which is a compound found in the bark of all willows.

DISCLAMER : Any uses for trees or tree extracts. whether edible or medicinal, have not been tried or tested by EFORESTS.CO.UK so please take caution and seek proper advice before attempting any recipes or medicinal extracts from any of the trees listed on our site.

 

Culture and Symbolism

The Grey Willow tree is believed to represent survival, adaptability, fertility and new life.

Willows used to be associated with celebration but they are now associated with sadness and mourning. In northern regions willow branches are used, instead of palm branches, to celebrate Palm Sunday.

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