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Tatty Hoaker
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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 4:12 pm    Post subject: What kind of a tree is this? Reply with quote

Lately there has been a massive amount of this tree's seed blowing about in the air. At first i though it was the dandelion seed but it turns out that it is coming from this one.

Has anyone any idea whats its called.



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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 6:58 pm    Post subject: identify this tree Reply with quote

It's a salix (sallow, sally, willow) but which one I'm not sure at this distance I'd guess it might be alba. The salix group is huge throughout the British Isles. Goat willow is one of the first to produce catkins and white willow is among the last. Lotsa people are seriously allergic to these lads
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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Walltoall for your reply.

I posted this same question on another Irish forum and i got the same answer as you just gave, so it must be correct. Great stuff.

Your reply might also just have gave me the answer to the cause of my annual hay-fever symptoms around the end of May to mid July each year.

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ps. Also referred to as a 'Pussy Willow 'on the other forum.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:43 am    Post subject: willow or woantu sneeze around my sally Reply with quote

The "pussy willow" is the goat willow and is the first to break catkins very early in the year usually before Paddy's Day and well before its leaves appear. The one you have is probably the white willow which is one of the last to flower and causes so much discomfort to allergy sufferers. I feel for you and I reach you but you are probably also affected by birch pollen which is the very divil in June which starts tomorrow. Out with the citrazine. damn Sad
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