Close up of black Melanostachys Salix blooms with red stems Close up of black Melanostachys Salix blooms with red stems in the landscape

‘Melanostachys’

Pussywillow

Salix gracilistyla

'Melanostachys'

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Close up of black Melanostachys Salix blooms with red stems Close up of black Melanostachys Salix blooms with red stems in the landscape
  • Early to bloom
  • Good for cutting
  • Unique coloration
Description

The black pussy willow has rich black catkins and dark stems. A great cutting plant and conversation piece.

Awards Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

USDA Zone 4 - 8 (-30°F/-34°C)

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Exposure Full sun

Height 6 - 10'

Width 6 - 10'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Early spring

Flower Color Black

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4"

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.