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The Goat Pussy Willow Gift Tree

The goat willow, or pussy willow, is instantly recognisable in the spring by its soft, velvety catkins which hold willow seed and give the pussy willow its familiar name. Unlike most other willow trees, the pussy willow has oval-shaped leaves which can make it complement other garden trees more naturally. Willow trees are one of the best choices for growing in wet areas where few other trees can survive - there cannot be a better way to brighten up a wet area! If you partner the pussy willow with other willow trees, then this will add more interest and you can create a feature of an otherwise desolate area. The willows will cross breed with each other and create natural hybrid offspring just for you! All willow trees can take hard pruning and so the pussy willow is a great choice for anyone wanting to experiment a little!

All our gift trees are grown to be the perfect size for best establishment and an ideal size for gifts. For most species this can range from 20-40cm above the root plug. If you would like to discuss specific sizes, please contact us.

Folklore of the Pussy Willow

In ancient Britain, willow trees were associated with witchcraft and, perhaps due to the slender nature of willow branches, with snakes. In fact, witch's brooms were traditionally made from willow trees and wands were made of willow trees when dreaming and enchantment were important. However, normal people often carried willow twigs during periods of grief as the trees were said to allow a person to access all levels of their grief and so move through the stages more easily. People born in March were known as willow people and were said to be beautiful but full of melancholy, being dreamers and honest with good intuition. Be kind to any willow people you might know as they are sensitive souls and easily hurt in love - they will rely on their partner for strength and support.
The weeping willow, which is one of the crack willow species, was thought to have been origionally upright until they bent to the ground in grief about hearing of two star-crossed lovers. It is thought that they will become upright when humans are finally at peace with each other.

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