Salix x leucopithecia

'Lubber's Zwart'

USPP 27,403; CBR 6141

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Close up of Black Cat Salix black blooms Close up of purple and red Black Cat Salix blooms
  • Early to bloom
  • Good for cutting
  • Unique coloration

Extra-large black catkins appear in late winter, giving this plant unique appeal for cut flower sales as well as in the landscape. Larger catkins than Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'. Formerly known as S. chaenomeloides, which was recently proven to be a naturally-occurring hybrid between Salix gracilistyla and S. caprea.

USDA Zone 4 - 7 (-30°F/-34°C)

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Exposure Full sun

Height 10 - 12'

Width 10 - 12'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Early spring

Flower Color Black

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Thrives in moist, slightly acidic soils, but is, overall, adaptable.

Pruning For optimal flower production, cut hard after bloom.

Uses Mixed borders; cutting; wildlife gardens; rain gardens.

Growing Tips The fuzzy catkins are the only real reason to grow this plant, and it is best to prune regularly to encourage juvenile growth, which is the most prolific blooming.