Definition of goat willow in US English:

goat willow


  • A common European willow with broad leaves and soft fluffy catkins.

    Also called "great sallow" (see sallow)
    • ‘By flowering early, the goat willow provides bees with both pollen and nectar when few other flowers are available.’
    • ‘Quick-growing goat willow will be planted to provide a rapid screen, along with a native woodland mix that will become established in around ten years when the willow will be removed.’
    • ‘Some of the fields are nice, traditionally managed, and Broadlands Beck is pleasant with holly dominant, honeysuckle green and goat willows dripping catkins.’
    • ‘Before the gorse, goat willow and bramble were all problems needing a lot of labor to manage.’
    • ‘The goat willows that have grown there are a particular feature and are subject to a tree preservation order.’