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‘Mt. Asama’

Pussywillow

Salix gracilistyla

'Mt. Asama'

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Mt Asama Salix heavy blooming in the landscape Close up of Mt Asama Salix burgundy colored blooms
  • Early to bloom
  • Good for cutting
  • Unique coloration
Description

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
Type
Deciduous
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.