Black pussy willow (Salix gracilistyla var. melanostachys)

USDA Hardiness Zones

USDA hardiness zones
Black pussy willow
Black pussy willow Black pussy willow
Black pussy willow (Salix gracilistyla var. melanostachys)
Zone Zone  more information
Hardy to zone 4b
Mature Height Mature Height
6 to 10 feet
Mature Spread Mature Spread
5 to 7 feet
Growth Rate Growth Rate
Sun Sun
Full Sun
Moisture Moisture
Wet soil, poor drainage (also tolerant to moist soil, well-drained)
Fall Color Fall Color
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Wildlife
Flower Flower
Fruit Fruit
Evergreen Evergreen
Native to WI Native to WI
Additional Information Additional Information
large, suckering, oval shrub with upright branches; 6-10’ tall; 5-7’ wide; rich, purple-black catkins in early spring; purplish-black stems; 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 Asia; hardy to zone 4b

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Primary Author: Dr. Laura Jull
Photos by: Dr. Laura Jull and Dr. Ed Hasselkus

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