Japanese pussy willow or giant pussy willow (Salix chaenomeloides)

USDA Hardiness Zones

USDA hardiness zones
Japanese pussy willow or giant pussy willow
Japanese pussy willow or giant pussy willow
Japanese pussy willow or giant pussy willow (Salix chaenomeloides)
Zone Zone  more information
Hardy to zone 5b
Mature Height Mature Height
10 to 12 feet
Mature Spread Mature Spread
10 to 12 feet
Growth Rate Growth Rate
Faster
Sun Sun
Full Sun
Moisture Moisture
Wet soil, poor drainage (also tolerant to moist soil, well-drained)
Fall Color Fall Color
Dull
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Wildlife
No
Flower Flower
Ornamental
Fruit Fruit
Insignificant
Evergreen Evergreen
No
Native to WI Native to WI
No
Additional Information Additional Information
large, suckering, upright shrub; 10-12' tall and wide; very large; 3" long, silvery-white to pinkish-white catkins in early spring followed by yellow-orange anthers that stick out of the catkin; full sun; adaptable to most soils and pH; prefers moist, well-drained soil but is tolerant to wet soil; susceptible to leaf feeding insects and diseases; do not shear; native to Japan; hardy to zone 5b; marginally hardy, hence, plant in protected location

UW Extension
For more information, see the UW Extension Urban Horticulture Team Web site: www.uwex.edu/ces/wihort
Primary Author: Dr. Laura Jull
Photos by: Dr. Laura Jull and Dr. Ed Hasselkus

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