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Black Cat® Pussywillow

Description

  • Add interest to your winter garden.
  • Large plants provides lots of coverage.
  • Fuzzy black and pink pussywillows.
  • Extremely durable and easy to care for.
  • Zones 4-7, sun, 12′ tall x 12′ wide at maturity.
Zone 4-7
Light sun
very tall

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Hand-picked at our greenhouse

Shipped to your door

Arrives as young plant

More Information

Description Get the gardening season off to the earliest possible start with Black Cat® pussywillow (Salix sp.) from Proven Winners. Nothing blooms earlier! Starting in late winter, you’ll see these long, straight stems peppered with silvery-pink buds. As the days get longer and warmer (even if only by a tiny bit), they lengthen into big, mysterious-looking black pussywillows. Perfect for cut flowers, fresh or dried! Kids especially love this super durable, easy-to-grow plant. It’s early bloom time is the perfect cure for the wintertime blues. Black Cat pussywillow is a large plant and should be given plenty of room to grow. It can be planted just about anywhere, and tolerates part shade, wet soil, and other challenging conditions. It’s perfect for a low-maintenance hedge or specimen. Details Botanical name: Salix chaenomeloides 'Lubbers Zwart'
Patent #: USPP 27,403
Common name: Pussywillow, Black pussywillow
Zone: 4 - 7
Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun) is best for most flowers and best color
Height x width: 10-12' tall and wide
Flower color: Silver-pink, turning deep black
Foliage color: Green
Season of Interest: Late winter-early spring
Uses: Hedges, landscaping, specimen.
How To Grow Soil: Adaptable in terms of soil pH. Best in moist, even wet soil, but can take some dryness once established. Avoid very dry conditions, which will impact flower formation.
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) is best, but light shade is tolerated. Avoid dense shade from evergreens, where plants would be shaded in winter and early spring.
Water: Average to abundant.
Space: Min. 10' apart
Fertilizing: If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer.
Winterizing: No special care required.
Maintenance & Pruning: Pussywillows can tolerate a lot of pruning, and in fact, regular pruning is recommended for the best flower formation. After blooming is complete in spring, you can cut back to just a few inches from the ground. This seems dramatic but ensures the plant puts energy into growing big pussywillows and that they will be at a level you can enjoy instead of way out at the ends of the stems. If you do not wish to cut back this dramatically, cut back by at least half each year.

Customer Reviews

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A.H. (North Carolina)
Healthy

I am looking forward to seeing the new plant flourish in my garden. It arrived packaged beautifully and so healthy! Absolutely love it!

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Sylvia R. (Kentucky)
What I hoped for !

The plant arrived in very good condition. We planted it right away . It seems to be doing very well in the spot I picked. We are hoping it will grow into a nice host plant for our butterfly garden.

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t.s. (Missouri)
black cat pussywillow

Received a healthy pussywillow. Its doing very well near an alley fence. There, it can grow all it wants. Thanks so much.

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S.S. (Iowa)
Great customer service!

I ordered the Black Cat pussywillow and unfortunately, the first one came too dried out to survive. I contacted Customer Service and they sent me out another one right away. It's doing very well, and I look forward to watching it grow!

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S.M. (Pennsylvania)
Shipped healthy & wonderful

Wish I had better care instructions for current & future growth. #tips