Pussy willow (Salix discolor)

USDA Hardiness Zones

USDA hardiness zones
Pussy willow
Pussy willow
Pussy willow (Salix discolor)
Zone Zone  more information
Hardy to zone 3a
Mature Height Mature Height
12 to 18 feet
Mature Spread Mature Spread
10 to 15 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
Yes
Additional Information Additional Information
upright, wide-spreading, suckering shrub; 12-18’ tall; 10-15’ wide; fast grower; soft, silvery-white catkins in early spring; 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 Wisconsin; hardy to zone 3a

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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