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Salix discolor

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Trees, Shrub-like Trees, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun

Water Use: high

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: neutral, average, poor, loam, clay, sand

Height: 6'-20'

Bloom Time: February, March, April, May

Bloom Color: white, yellow, green

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, bog plant, clumping, colonizing, cut flowers, naturalizing, pond margin plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant, wetland plant

Salix discolor (pussy willow)
  • Salix discolor (pussy willow)
  • Salix discolor (pussy willow)
  • Salix discolor (pussy willow)
  • Salix discolor (pussy willow)

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Description

Salix discolor

Also known as:

pussy willow

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Scientific Synonyms:

Salix ancorifera, Salix conformis, Salix crassa, Salix fuscata, Salix prinoides, Salix sensitiva, Salix squamata

Description

Pussy willow is best known for its furry catkins that look like little, oval silky puff balls, and are a sure sign that spring is around the corner. Salix discolor is a multi-stemmed suckering shrub, that under ideal circumstances can reach the stature of a small tree and a height of 30'. It usually colonizes to form dense 15' tall thickets. the leaves are dark green, glossy, and deciduous.

Cultivation

Salix discolor is a lowland species that thrives with wet feet. It is found along wetland, swamp and river margins, and in flood plains. It can withstand seasonal inundation and regular, extended periods of permanent submersion. It is well adapted to average, heavy, poorly-drained soil. It is however intolerant of shade and must be placed in full sun. Its suckering habit can be aggressive, so give it room to naturalize. Individual plants are short lived, but can be cut down hard to rejuvenate and create fresh shoots. Blooms appear as early as February in the south, and as late as My in the northern part of its range. A cold climate species: zones 2-6

Propagation

can be propagate from seed. This might be the easiest shrub to propagate from cuttings. New wood, semi-hardwood, or hardwood can be used and will root in water or directly in the dirt without special treatment.

Additional Notes

Pussy willow is so easy to root from cuttings, it has been reported that trunks cut and made into fence posts, have actually rooted and developed into trees.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
CO, CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Historical: KY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Salicales
Family Salicaceae Willow family
Genus Salix willow
Species Salix discolor pussy willow