Mt Asama Salix heavy blooming in the landscape Close up of Mt Asama Salix burgundy colored blooms

‘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.

USDA Zone 4 - 8 (-30°F/-34°C)

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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.