Hi, I'm new here so if I'm in the wrong place please let me know.
We moved to Mountain Ash, South Wales about a year ago and have this tree/shrub in a dark corner of our garden (hostas love this corner). I can't find it in the identification area because it does not bear any flower or fruit. Attached are some photos.
I'd be grateful for any help. Thanks
It is goat willow, Salix caprea; probably self-sown.
It is also called pussy willow, though that name is also sometimes used for Salix cinerea.
thank you so much, Mike. I looked at the link and it mentions catkins, Our tree has not produced any catkins at all, neither male nor female (though I must admit it was covered in snow for much of spring this year). I will keep an eye on it.
Comments on apparent lack of flowers:
1. It may only just be getting to flowering size.
2. I note you have been pruning it; in doing so you may have been removing shoots including flower buds.
3. If (as if often the case) your specimen is self-sown, there may be others roundabout (including the parent, which must be mature enough to flower). If you can find any of those, you may find flowers on them at the right time of year. ...As an indirect means of confirming the ID of your plant, assuming other characters match.