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Pussy Willow vs Diablo Ninebark

Salix discolor

Physocarpus opulifolius Diablo

Pussy Willow
Diablo Ninebark

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.

Diablo Ninebark is a small, low maintenance, multi-stemmed shrub, that is used to add texture or color to any yard. This plant grows dark purple leaves in the spring and grows slightly faster than Common Ninebark. It features flaky red to brown bark, clusters of white flowers, and long, maple-like leaves. Diablo Ninebark can make a dense and colorful hedge, or it can be an attractive ornamental by itself.

PUSSY WILLOW QUICK FACTS

DIABLO NINEBARK QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow
Berries: red
Flowers: white
Bark: brown to red, exfoliating
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: short
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: high
Suckering: low





Other Names: american willow
Other Names: eastern ninebark, purple ninebark