The ballad of east and west

Goat willow - male & female
Goat willow – male & female

Separated by the clearing there are a male and a female goat willow (Salix caprea).

Female catkins are long and green – once pollinated by wind, female catkins develop into woolly seeds as pictured above right in June.

Male catkins are short and grey, becoming yellow when ripe with pollen as seen above left in April.

The female goat willows are easy to spot as the forest floor around them becomes fluffy with fallen catkins.

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