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Japanese Pussy Willow Salix chaenomeloides

Phonetic Spelling
SAL-iks ky-nom-ay-LOY-deez
Description

Most showy pussy willow. Wonderfully large (to 3") silvery-pink catkins from glossy red buds beginning in late winter.  Great cut as decorations. Its vigorous growth allows for plenty of early cutting. Withstands heavy pruning.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#showy#cutting garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#showy#cutting garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Salix
    Species:
    chaenomeloides
    Family:
    Salicaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North & Eastern China to Southern Korea, Central & S. Japan
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Withstands heavy pruning
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Catkin
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Large, rounded red flower buds; 1 to 3 in. male catkins, silky silver with pink to rose tinge
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple dark blue-green leaves 2 to 5 inches long
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Cutting Garden