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Pussy Willow vs Silver Leaf Willow

Salix discolor

Salix alba sericea

Pussy Willow
Silver Leaf Willow

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.

Native to North America, Silver Leaf Willow has orangish bark and long, silvery grey leaves. Bees and other insects are attracted to its flowers.

Popular as an ornamental tree for parks, it is also used as a shelterbelt species. It may not be as cold hardy as some of the other willow varieties, however.

PUSSY WILLOW QUICK FACTS

SILVER LEAF WILLOW QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Catkins: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: pale yellow
Bark: yellow-brown
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: long
Suckering: high
Suckering: high





Other Names: american willow
Other Names: white willow