Goat Willow, French Pussy Willow 'Pendula'

Salix caprea

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salix (SAL-iks) (Info)
Species: caprea (KAP-ree-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pendula
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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Merced, California

Poway, California

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

La Vista, Nebraska

Exeter, New Hampshire

Voorhees, New Jersey

Shoreham, New York

Salt Lake City, Utah

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 10, 2015, DebbieCes from Monroe, NC wrote:

I fell in love with this plant around Mothers Day. It was full of soft fuzzy catkins. After they fell off new branch shoots appeared. It is an unusually looking tree. Im wondering if I can keep this as a house plant. Its only 2 feet tall right now. I live in the south and am worried it will be to dry and hot out for it to survive.


On Mar 23, 2009, headgardener111 from Exeter, NH wrote:

Bought a 18" high plant with lots of lovely catkins at Boston Flower Show 3 years ago. Planted outside in sun/light shade. It grows leaves, and cascading branches, but only a few small catkins - would like know how to get catkins to grow.


On Jun 20, 2004, Glennab from Sioux City, IA wrote:

When I saw this plant this spring I fell in love with it. It was already 5 foot tall when I purchased it - the catkins weren't open yet. Over the ensuing 2 months, it too, eventually died, from the canopy down. It had even sprouted a branch with 7-8 leaves on it, but it soon died. We have had quite a bit of rain this Spring so dryness could not have been a problem. I am at a loss as to why this happened? I dug it up and returned it to the place I purchased it from.


On Jun 19, 2004, astilby_2 from Fort Atkinson, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I just baught one this spring and the top died on it. Can I use one on of the suckers on the bottom to try and get it to grow up like the main stem did?The stem is still alive about 12 inches from the dirt.Also can I plant it in the ground. Right now we have high water and the moisture is no problem for it if I put it in the ground.It will get alot of moisture where I want to put it because I live by a lake and it is fairly low land.


On Aug 11, 2001, Lilith from Durham,
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

A beautiful accent plant which doesn't require much room.

This plant is welcomed in the very early spring, putting on a show with its buds when only the daphne is showing color.