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Pussy Willow vs American Bladdernut

Salix discolor

Staphylea trifolia

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Pussy Willow
American Bladdernut

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.

American Bladdernut is a fast-growing, ornamental shrub native to eastern North America. It can be grown as a large shrub or trained as a small tree. The small, drooping, white flowers are bell-shaped and grow in clusters. They appear in mid to late spring, attracting various pollinators. Well suited as an understory plant as it prefers shady and partial sun location with moist soils.

The blossoms mature into papery seed capsules and have been described as miniature Japanese lanterns. They are commonly used in dried flower arrangements. The seeds found within the pods are edible, and have a taste similar to pistachios. They can be eaten raw, used in baking or made into a sweet cooking oil.

Care should be taken when planting American Bladdernut, as it can spread quickly. It is prone to suckering and will self-seed. Plant the right tree in the right place.

PUSSY WILLOW QUICK FACTS

AMERICAN BLADDERNUT QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: shade, partial shade
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Flowers: white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Life span: long
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium





Other Names: american willow