Image courtesy of Bailey Nursery

Image courtesy of Bailey Nursery

Shrub

Salix discolor

Pussy Willow

  • Native
  • Large and aggressive-growing
  • Attracts bees, birds and butterflies
  • Flower catkins in spring are great for cutting
  • Tolerates most soils
While this plant can be big and aggressive growing, there is no more appreciated landscape plant by humans, birds, and butterflies. Everybody knows this American Beauties classic provides a raft of flower catkins that every spring craving gardener loves to cut and admire but these same catkins provide early season nectar for native bees while some of our area's most prized birds love to feed on its buds. Pussy Willow will tolerate most any soil, even very moist or wet ones, and grows large enough to provide a huge amount of cover for birds and small mammals while its leaves are the food source for many of the most colorful butterflies our area has to offer.
Native
Native

Characteristics and Attributes