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Salix (Willow)

Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'

Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'
Black Pussy Willow

Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys' - Black Pussy Willow

aka Salix melanostachys

Black pussy willow will often bloom (display its catkins) before the snow melts. No other willow compares to the display of orange anthers against the jet-black catkins. Slow-growing and easily controlled by selective pruning, 'Melanostachys' is suitable for smaller areas.

Description: large shrub; 7 m (23'); rounded form; slow growing; showy black catkins appearing in spring; highly ornamental

Ideal conditions: full sun to part shade; thrives in moist fertile soil; tolerates a wide range of soil types; prune to control size

Coldest Zone: 4 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)


Visit this site for a spectacular photo of the catkins.

Comparison of willow stems and leaves

Lists of various willow uses