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  • Identification: Salix discolor is a deciduous shrub or small tree native to North America. It is known for its distinctive, silver-gray catkins, which appear in early spring before the leaves emerge. The catkins are covered in fine, soft hairs, giving them a "furry" or "pussy" appearance, hence the common name "Pussy Willow."
  • Habitat and Range: Pussy Willow is often found in wetland areas, such as swamps, marshes, and riverbanks.
    It is native to a wide range of North American regions, from the northern United States to Canada.
  • Cultural Significance: Pussy Willow has cultural significance in various traditions and is often associated with the celebration of spring. In many cultures, branches of Pussy Willow are used in floral arrangements and decorations during the spring season, especially around the time of Easter.
  • Growth and Care: It is a hardy plant that is relatively easy to grow. It prefers moist, well-drained soil and can tolerate a range of soil types.
    Full to partial sun is ideal for optimal growth.
    Pruning can help maintain a more compact shape and encourage the development of new growth
  • Wildlife and Ecology: Pussy Willow provides important habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The catkins are a food source for early emerging bees and other pollinators. The plant also contributes to soil stabilization in wetland areas.
  • SPREAD 125-150 CM
  • HEIGHT 5-6 M

Care Instructions

Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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