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Information About Pussy Willow


Weeping Pussy Willow Care: Tips For Growing Weeping Pussy Willows

By Teo Spengler

If you are ready for an unusual tree that will create excitement every spring, consider the weeping pussy willow. This small but spectacular willow overflows with silky catkins in early spring. Click here for more weeping pussy willow information.

Pussy Willow Catkins: How To Get Catkins On Pussy Willows

By Teo Spengler

Pussy willows add delight to the early spring garden. If your willow used to produce attractive pussy willow catkins, but doesn't any longer, you'll naturally ask why. Click on this article for information on no catkins on pussy willow trees in your yard.

Growing A Pussy Willow Tree: Learn About The Care Of Pussy Willows

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Few small trees or large shrubs are as easy to grow as the pussy willow. When growing a pussy willow tree, you'll find care of the small tree is minimal when it is planted in the right place. Learn more here.


Gardening tips: plant a Japanese pink pussy willow

Then brush up on your botanical Latin and use leftover bubble wrap to insulate pot plants

Pink pussy willow, Salix gracilistyla ‘Mount Aso’. Photograph: Alamy

Pink pussy willow, Salix gracilistyla ‘Mount Aso’. Photograph: Alamy

Plant this If you’re looking for a plant that channels the Pantone colour of the year, Living Coral, look no further than Japanese pink pussy willow, aka Salix gracilistyla ‘Mount Aso’. Furry coral catkins dangle from this hardy shrub in late winter and early spring. Height and spread: 1.5m each way plant in full sun.

Read this The winter gardening lull is the time to brush up on your botanical Latin. Understanding the scientific naming of plants can unlock a whole world of meaning. Get yourself A Little Book Of Latin For Gardeners by Peter Parker (Little, Brown) to get up to speed.

Wrap this Wondering what to do with all the bubble wrap accumulated over Christmas? Wrap it around container-grown plants such as bay and olive trees, and agapanthus to insulate the roots in cold snaps. Sworn off plastic? Use burlap instead, or move pots to the shelter of a wall.


Types of Pussy Willow

Salix Discolor

This variety of Pussy Willow is also commonly known as American Pussy Willow and Glaucous Willow. It is the type most commonly found across the US and Canada, as its origins are in North America. This variety of Pussy Willow has furry catkins in a white color tinged with gray, which are produced from red or dark pink buds. As they mature, male catkins will turn yellow, while the female catkins remain soft and white. The fluffy pale catkins emerging from the deep red-pink buds have a playful appeal, which for many gardeners, signals the beginning of spring.

Pussy Willows are one of the earliest blooming plants, which bring a much-needed splash of color and life to gardens across Canada and the eastern US in early springtime. This type of Pussy Willow tree typically grows to around 8 feet, though it is capable of growing to more than double this size, maxing out at around 20 feet. It can grow anywhere across the US but will fare better in cooler climates. In particularly hot temperatures the growth of this plant will be slow and stunted, often with a maximum height of around 6 feet.

Salix Cinerea

This Pussy Willow variety is also known as Gray Sallow or Gray Willow, due to the color of the fine silver silky hairs which can be found on the underside of the leaves. The leaves of this willow variety are a stretched oval shape. The female catkins of this tree are furry and gray with a hint of green and are longer than the male catkins. Once mature, they produce seeds which get distributed by the wind to aid in the propagation of the tree. They are slightly less fluffy than the catkins on an American Pussy Willow but still have a quality that begs to be stroked. The male catkins will appear in deep shades of yellow when they are ripe with pollen.

Native to the UK and other parts of Europe, as well as western Asia, this variety of willow is important within nature. The early blooming catkins are a vital source of pollen for early pollinators, such as bees (Woodland Trust). This variety of Pussy Willow is the tallest, with mature trees reaching heights of around 50 feet.

Salix Caprea

This variety of Pussy Willow is often confused with Salix cinerea. It is similar in terms of looks and is also native to Europe and Asia. It is commonly known as Goat Willow, Goat Sallow, or Great Sallow. It has a dwarf habit, growing to a maximum of around 30 feet, though it does have a long lifespan, living for around 300 years. Its leaves are oval, with a point at the tip which curves to one side, and a coating of fine silver hair on the underside. The catkins of this Pussy Willow variety are larger than the others, and as they mature, they develop into ringlet-like blooms. The male catkins are yellow on account of the pollen, while the female catkins are pale gray with a green hue.

Salix Caprea Pendula

This is a sub-variety of the Goat Willow and is commonly known as the Weeping Pussy Willow. It grows to around 8 feet tall and has a very unusual look thanks to the curving branches which drape down to the ground. This variety looks much like the Goat Willow in terms of its leaves and flowers, with the only defining feature being the pendulous branches. This tree will require continual pruning to prevent its branches from sitting on the ground and becoming messy, and it may also need a stake for support until its roots are very strong.


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