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River Alder vs Pussy Willow

Alnus incana

Salix discolor or Salix spp.

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River Alder
Pussy Willow

River Alder is a large shrub or small tree with a multi-stemmed, spreading habit. It is an excellent tree to plant if you want to stabilize the soil near rivers and creeks.

Unlike the other alder varieties, River Alder is attractive enough to be included in riverside plantings by municipal and provincial park organizations.

Pussy Willow is a large shrub or small tree that produces catkins that are soft, silky, and silvery before leaves appear in the spring. This native willow prefers moist to wet soil.

Pussy Willow makes a beautiful accent tree, and its bright branches can be used for floral arrangements or basket making.

All willow are important to native pollinators each spring as they have higher amounts of pollen and nectar early each growing season when other food sources are scarce.

RIVER ALDER QUICK FACTS

PUSSY WILLOW QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 2a
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: american willow


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes