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Salix gracilistyla (Rose-Gold Pussy Willow)

Rose-Gold Pussy Willow, Rosegold Pussy Willow, Japanese Pussy


Salix gracilistyla (Rose-Gold Pussy Willow) is a bushy deciduous shrub boasting plump, furry, gray catkins, 1 in. long (2.5 cm), adorned with many stamens sporting rose and gold anthers. Produced by male plants, they are on display in early spring before the foliage emerges. The narrow, oval leaves, 2-4 in. long (5-10 cm), unfold a soft blue-gray, then turn deep green, and finally warm up yellow in the fall. This mounded, wide-spreading willow is grown to protect embankments, for weaving wicker baskets and as an ornamental plant, thanks to its arching habit and remarkable display of large catkins. In early spring, its flowering branches are in high demand.

  • Grows up to 6-10 ft. tall (2-3 m) and 6-12 ft. wide (2-4 m). May be cut to the ground every 3-5 years to keep a smaller shrub size.
  • Performs best in full sun in moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils.
  • Easy to grow and easy to care for . Keep an eye out for aphids, caterpillars, leaf beetles, sawflies, willow anthracnose diseases and a rust.
  • Propagate by root softwood cuttings in early summer or hardwood cuttings in winter.
  • Prune every 1-3 years in March for colored winter shoots.
  • Native to Japan, Korea, Manchuria, China.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Salix - Willows
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Salix - Willows
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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