Pussy Willow

 - Salix discolor

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Sand, Loam, Clay
Moisture: Moist, Wet
Benefits: Butterflies, Pollinators, Birds
Height: 10'-20'
Blooms: Mar
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Color: White
Spacing: 5'-10'
Root: Woody

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1 2 Gallon Pot $39.99

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An early herald of spring, the Pussy Willow's silky catkins open well before other spring blooms. Individual plants are either male or female and it is the male plant that produces the late winter catkins so popular in cut displays. The flowers, conspicuous because they bloom on bare stems before leaves appear, provide pollen for native bees very early in the season. Both male and female plants flower and produce nectar, but female bees are more abundant on the male flowers, for the pollen.

Trunks are typically clustered with a strong, upright form that provides good cover and nesting sites for a variety of birds. This clonal plant spreads by rhizome and can form dense thickets. Pussy Willow thrives in moist to wet areas where other species struggle. The blue-green leaves are a larval food source for Mourning Cloak and Viceroy butterflies.

Note: This shrub will be available for shipment in May, and may arrive at a different date than other plants in your order.

* Every state has agricultural regulations that restrict the shipment of certain plants. We cannot ship this item to the following states: Connecticut

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