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Black Cat® Pussywillow

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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

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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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L.S. (Iowa)
Love My New Black Cat Pussywillow!

We received our Black Cat Pussywillow it came it great shape, we planted it back in August and it has grown 2 to 3 times bigger than when we received it! We just moved to our new home 2 yrs ago and we have always had pussywillows. The price was great, the shipping was fast and we received quality bushes! We will order with Great Garden Plants for any future purchases we make.

m
m. (Washington)
Still growing in the fall

They arrived healthy and are looking good. I can't wait till they bloom in the spring!

S
S.S. (Kansas)
Replacement on Damaged Plants

When I got the replacement plants they were in good order and they were planted but after some serious drought conditions, the plants appear to have died. I don't think this speaks anything poorly on Great Garden Plants. This was just not a good year to try to plant things here in Wichita, though I am surprised more the 'Miss Molly' Butterfly Bushes also struggled, but in fairness a lot of plants are struggling due to the 100+ temperatures we've had. Timing might be an issue too, but the original order was in that 2-month timeframe when they shipped and arrived in questionable to poor condition, minus the Forsythia which were very healthy but are also more drought tolerant. I'd rate 3 stars since all 3 of the bushes passed for the Black Cat that needed more moisture to thrive. I'm also combining this with the other two plants mentioned. I think Great Garden Plants has been fair given the way the plants were received. Unfortunately, probably should have tried a refund on the Black Cats. Didn't think we'd go into such a drought this year.

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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.