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Jul 7, 2014 2:59 PM

Help me identify this tree, please


I've spent 4 hours on this and I'm still not sure.  Identification site says once it's a willow (but which one then?), sometimes birch, ...

Fact is, I have never found the right fruit on any specific species.  Though I don't have a picture of it, it's a catkin wiht some black in it and very fluffy (though not very broad).  And a lot of them grow to the sky and not downwards like on most willows.
Also, caterpillars just love the leaves. The leaves of whole branches are munched clean, while others are untouched.

The one in the picture is about 5 years old, so it grows quite fast, I think, though I am no expert on growing standards.

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    Jul 7, 2014 3:12 PM (in response to Ruby)
    Re: Help me identify this tree, please



    It is almost certainly Salix caprea (goat willow is one of the common names in the UK). It is difficult to be certain because it does hybridize with related species, such as S. cinerea.


    I replied on FaceBook, too.



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