- Common Name(s):
- Pussy willow
Rapid spreading root systems; can be severely pruned after flowering
Wildlife Value: Members of the Salix genus support the following specilized bees: Andrena (Parandrena) andrenoides, Andrena (Thysandrena) bisalicis, Andrena (Tylandrena) erythrogaster, Andrena (Andrena) frigida, Andrena (Micrandrena) illinoiensis, Andrena (Andrena) macoupinensis, Andrena (Trachandrena) mariae, Andrena (Parandrena) nida, Andrena (Micrandrena) nigrae, Andrena (Micrandrena) salictaria, Andrena (Parandrena) wellesleyana.
- 10-20 ft.
- Alternate, simple leaves; 3 to 4 in. long; gray-green underside; non-showy fall color
- Silky gray male flowers in spring before leaves emerge; male and female plants
- Sun; tolerates moist to dry soil
- Upright, irregular shrub; multi-stemmed
- 8-12 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1764