Cultural Requirements For Pussy Willows - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Carolyn Shaner
Phoenixville, PA
Question by asclepsias
March 23, 2000
I WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT WHAT THE CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS ARE FOR PUSSY WILLOWS. LIGHT, SOIL,AMOUNT OF WATER, PRUNING ETC...
I AM STARTING SOME FROM CUTTINGS, BUT NEED TO KNOW THE ABOVE INFO FOR PLANTING.
THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH.


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Answer from NGA
March 23, 2000

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True pussy willows (Salix discolor or Salix caprea) are native to wet places and thus prefer moist soil but will grow almost any location except one that is abnormally dry. They do well in full sun or partial shade. The plant is actually a tree growing to about 20 feet, but if it is cut back for harvesting catkins each year that will help keep it a bit smaller and bushier.

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