- Early to bloom
- Good for cutting
Giant pussy willow has catkins the size of a rabbit's foot, and makes a dramatic cut flower. Formerly known as S. chaenomeloides, this variety was recently given its own cultivar, as it is considred a natural hybrid of Salix gracilistyla and S. caprea.
USDA Zone 4 - 7 (-30°F/-34°C)
Exposure Full sun
Height 10 - 12'
Width 5 - 8'
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.