- Early to bloom
- Good for cutting
- Unique coloration
Selected by florists in Japan for its pink-tinged pussywillow flowers. Buds emerge two-toned, dark burgundy and silver, before aging to black-silver. Named after the volcano Mt. Asama, it has larger catkins than S. caprea. Recent research has shown that this is actually a variety of S. gracilistyla.
'Mt. Asama' pussywillow is also known by some as 'Mt. Aso'.
USDA Zone 4 - 8 (-30°F/-34°C)
Exposure Full sun
Height 8 - 10'
Width 8 - 10'
Finish Time 1 season
Bloom Time Early spring
Foliage Color Green
Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 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.