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Green Alder vs Pussy Willow

Alnus crispa

Salix discolor or Salix spp.

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Green Alder
Pussy Willow

Green Alder is a cold hardy, native shrub. It is often planted on infertile sites so it can fix nitrogen from the air and improve the soil quality.

Green Alder is known for its smooth grey bark and attractive shiny green leaves; it is commonly used in reclamation.

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.

GREEN ALDER QUICK FACTS

PUSSY WILLOW QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 2a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Catkins: yes
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: 50 years
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium

In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: mountain alder, sitka alder
Other Names: american willow


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