Pussy Willow

 - Salix discolor

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

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An early herald of spring, the Pussy Willow's silky catkins open well before other spring blooms. The flowers, conspicuous because they bloom on bare stems before leaves appear, are an important source of pollen for native bees very early in the season. 

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.

Salix discolor is a dioecious species  - male & female flowers are produced on separate plants. Both male and female plants have flowers, and both produce nectar. Female bees are more likely to collect pollen on the male flowering plants. The flowers of the male plant produce the soft nubby catkins which are so often used in flower cuttings. Female plants also bloom, but tend to develop and open a little later, forming their own attractive pussy willow catkins. Three to five shrubs are needed for successful fruiting, but as fairly common landscape plant, fruiting is not usually an issue. 
Shipping notice: This plant is usually shipped in May and it could arrive on a different date, separate from other parts of 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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