Salix Black Cat® - Black Pussywillow 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 difficult conditions. It’s perfect for a low-maintenance hedge or specimen.
Special features: Deer resistant, Cut flower, Early blooming, Shade tolerant
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- Botanical name: Salix sp. 'Lubbers Zwart'
- Common name:
Pussywillow, Black pussywillow
- Sun exposure:
Full sun is best for most flowers and best color, but still productive in light shade
- Ship form:
- Soil type:
Not fussy about pH. Grows well in wet, moist, or average soil.
- Soil moisture:
Average to wet. Can tolerate some dryness, but not drought.
- Height x width:
10-12' tall and wide
- Flower color:
Silver-pink, turning deep black
- Foliage color:
- Season of interest:
Late winter-early spring
Hedges, Landscaping, Specimen
- Patent:USPP 27,403
- Cannot ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
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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: Pussywillows can tolerate a lot of pruning, and in fact, regular pruning is recommended for 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.
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