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Pussy Willow vs Variegated Dogwood

Salix discolor or Salix spp.

Cornus alba argenteo-marginata

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Pussy Willow
Variegated Dogwood

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.

Variegated Dogwood, also known as Silver Leaf Dogwood, is a small shrub that is often used in the first row of a shelterbelt, as a hedge, or for soil stabilization projects. It has the same distinctive red bark and white flowers and berries as Red Osier Dogwood.

The key difference between the two is the leaves. Where Red Osier's leaves are green throughout, Variegated Dogwood has a white outline around each leaf. This gives Variegated Dogwood a distinctive look.

PUSSY WILLOW QUICK FACTS

VARIEGATED DOGWOOD QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 2.7 m (9 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: variable, possibly red or gold
Berries: clusters of white berries in mid summer
Flowers: creamy white flowers form flat topped clusters in late spring
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: american willow
Other Names: tatarian dogwood


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes