Pink Pussy Willow (Salix caprea 'French Pink')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 15-25 feet
Plant Spread: 12 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
White
Other: catkins emerge pink, opening with a yellow tint, maturing to a grayish-white
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Dynamic Accumulator: Mg (Magnesium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 21, 2011 10:18 AM

Colored catkins begin forming in the Fall and provide winter interest. A very cold-hardy shrub/tree that is not prone to pests. Cut back yearly to produce long shoots. The branches with catkins make lovely cut floral displays.

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Posted by Dazzeln (South central Illinois - Zone 6a) on Jun 27, 2014 9:25 AM

I have a French Pussy Willow. For the past 4-6 weeks I have tried everything I know to do: feed, insect control, disease control, all with no luck. My shrub's bottom outer branches went from looking wilted to yellowing to now dried up and possibly dead because the branches that were still healthy up till 5-7 days ago are now drying also. This has spread around now, moving in to center of tree. I do not know what to do. It is on its 3rd summer and has always been healthy and bloomed beautifully this spring, after which I pruned it. Has anyone seen, heard of, or experienced this before?? Please help if you have any idea how to save my favorite tree. Thank you!! Alisa Agee. [email protected]
I can send pictures to you if you can help.

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