Pussy Willow

Salix discolor

In early spring the silky catkins of Pussy Willow open well ahead of other flowering plants. The catkins bloom conspicuously on bare stems, before the leaves appear, and offer a critical source of pollen for native bees that emerge early in the season …

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Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Moist, Wet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Height 10' - 20'
Bloom Color White, Yellow
Bloom Time Mar
Spacing 5' - 10'
Hardiness Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Root Type Fibrous
Benefits Birds, Pollinators, Host Plant

In early spring the silky catkins of Pussy Willow open well ahead of other flowering plants. The catkins bloom conspicuously on bare stems, before the leaves appear, and offer a critical source of pollen for native bees that emerge early in the season.

The trunks of Pussy Willow 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. Native to wetlands, marsh edges and river bottoms, Pussy Willow thrives in moist to wet areas where many other species would struggle. The blue-green leaves are a larval food source for Mourning Cloak and Viceroy butterflies.

Salix discolor is a dioecious species - male & female flowers are produced on separate plants. Both male and female plants have flowers. The male plant produces pollen, but both sexes produce nectar. The flowers of the male plant produce the soft nubby catkins which are so often used in flower cuttings. Female plants also have flowers, which tend to develop and open a little later, forming their own attractive catkins.

Planting and Cultivation Notes
Salix discolor is a dioecious species - male & female flowers are produced on separate plants. Since the plants we send have not yet reached maturity, we are unable to determine their sex prior to shipment. If fruits or seeds are desired, it is recommended that 3-5 plants be installed in fairly close proximity to ensure the presence of both sexes.