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A large, whimsical shrub famous for its fuzzy flowerbuds early in the year, Pussy Willows are also one of the earliest plants to bloom in spring, making them extremely important for (and popular with!) pollinators such as honey bees. These plants are dioecious, with male and female flowers produced on separate plants. It is the male flowers that produce the iconic silky gray buds that later expand into open white catkins literally abuzz with early-spring pollinators (female flowers are smaller and greener). The leaves of this plant are dark green and handsomely glossy with a silver shine on the back, brightening to a cheerful yellow in the fall. Tolerant of both salt and clay soils, these shrubs grow readily in swamps, thickets, and along streambeds, and host a number of butterfly and moth species, including Tiger Swallowtails (Papilio glaucus), Viceroys (Limenitis archippus), Red-Spotted Purples (Limenitis arthemis), Luna Moths (Actias luna), Mourning Cloaks (Nymphalis antiopa), Eastern Commas (Polygonia comma), Dreamy Duskywings (Erynnis icelus), Green Commas (Polygonia faunus), Milbert's Tortoiseshells (Aglais milberti), Polyphemus Moths (Antheraea polyphemus), Spring Azures (Celastrina ladon) and Striped Hairstreaks (Satyrium liparops).

Dry To Moist
Sun To Part Shade
10-20 feet tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 2a-7a
Woody Shrub

Native Range: ME south to VA, west to CO, including OK but excluding NE and KS. Continues up through WY and ID, extends up through Canada into all provinces except NV and YK. Rare in MD, VA, WV, MO, OK, CO, and ID, considered extirpated in KY

Pussy Willow 2-3 foot tall in a 3.5 inch pot $17.25 (Temporarily Sold Out*)

*We normally carry this item but are temporarily sold out. We expect to have it available again as soon as our plants in production reach sufficient size/maturity or we harvest more seed. In some cases, plants may be recovering from caterpillar damage (Monarchs love our Milkweed), wind or hail damage, rampaging woodchucks, downed trees, or other natural issues. We are constantly updating our web site so please check back again.

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Pussy Willow Picture

Pussy Willow Picture