SALIX DISCOLOR (pussy willow) - Single Plants
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This offering is for single plants of this variety. These are growing in tube sleeves of 4” deep x 2.25” diameter.

SALIX DISCOLOR (pussy willow): a large shrub or small tree with fuzzy flower catkins in the spring before leaves emerge.  Usually found growing in damp thickets, swamps & along streambanks.  20-40’.  Zones 4 to 8.

Culture

Grow in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers full sun. Thrives in moist soils, but tolerates somewhat drier soils better than most other willows. Intolerant of dry soils. Prune as needed in late winter to early spring. Plants may be cut to the ground every 3-5 years to maintain a smaller shrub shape.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Salix discolor is native from Nova Scotia to British Columbia and south to Maryland, Indiana, Missouri and Iowa. Throughout its range, it is typically found growing in moist to wet soils in meadows, swamps and along lakes and streams, but also will be found in some drier conditions. This is a dioecious species (male and female catkins appearing on separate trees) that is most often seen as a large multi-stemmed shrub to 6-15’ tall, but is less frequently found as a small tree to 30’ tall. Before the foliage emerges in late winter, male trees produce a showy display of catkins (1-1.5” long) that are pearl gray and silky. Female trees produce smaller, less attractive, greenish catkins. Male pussy willows are noted for producing ornamentally attractive silky pearl gray catkins on leafless stems in late winter to early spring. These catkins purportedly resemble the pads on a cat’s paw, hence the common name. Elliptic to lanceolate leaves (to 5” long) with irregular marginal teeth are dull medium green above and glaucous beneath. Variable fall color is usually an undistinguished greenish-yellow.


  • Item #: GSP-PussyWillow71219

SALIX DISCOLOR (pussy willow) - Single Plants

Price: $9.50
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