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Tree identification

 Goat or Pussy willow Salix caprea  &  Grey sallow S. cinerea

Twig of Goat willow (Pussy willow) Salix caprea.  Lower picture shows the buds opening.


Salix caprea. Leaf and stems hairy in the spring.

Grey sallow Salix cinerea leaf
Female catkins of Goat willow - the seeds are carried by the wind in early May.  
Male catkins of Goat willow (Pussy willow).  
Male Goat willow bush in flower 23.03.05. The flowers are a valuable resource for bees, butterflies and other early emerging insects.