Pussy Willow Salix discolor

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Pussy Willow

Pussy Willow grows well in almost any soil, but likes soil with peat moss, leaf mold or compost. They grow best in full sun and like lots of water. They also do best pruned after blooming. It can grow to a height of 13-25 feet.

Prune the lowest branches back to the trunk, and prune for shape. You can even cut the tree back to a six inch stump every 2-3 years (severe pruning results in the longer stems and larger catkins). Flowers form on the previous season's growth, not on new growth so do not prune until the flowers have faded.

Salix discolor rosea, the Pink Pussy Willow has pale pink catkins.


Pussy Willow is a Host Plant for Viceroys, Red-Spotted Purples

Viceroys and Red-Spotted Purples use various species of Willows as host plants, including Pussy Willow, Sandbar Willow (Salix exigua) and Black Willow (Salix nigra).


Where to buy Pussy Willow

I highly recommend Nature Hills Nursery. The price for one Pussy Willow at the time I'm writing this is $11.9, but could change as the supply available changes.

You can read more information about them on the Nature Hills Nursery site to either order, read more detailed information about Pussy Willow or see more detailed pricing information. Or order by calling 1-888-864-7663 using the Source ID: 86642! They also sell a Pink Pussy Willow - Salix discolor 'Rosea'.


The Salicaceae/Willow Family

The Willow family is made up of trees and shrubs, of about 350 total species. The genus Salix tends to grow in wet soil. Many willows can be used to help prevent soil erosion.




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