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Beverly, MA
Annieoops
Oct 29, 2017 6:27 AM CST
I'm interested in planting a pussy willow in my rather large and barren yard. I think I have the perfect corner for it, away from the house and water lines. Researching the plant has raised some questions.
1. What time of year would I plant it? I live just north of Boston, MA?
2. Can I prune it back to keep it from developing into a 20+ foot tree and keep it as a shrub (8-12 feet max). If possible, how often and what time of year?
3. What species would be best to try to keep shrub-sized? Where can I purchase a specific species?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Oct 29, 2017 6:33 AM CST
When I lived in Massachusetts we planted in fall. None of our Pussy Willows ever achieved larger than shrub size, but I don't know what variety they were.
Porkpal
Name: Kat Enns
Castlegar British Columbia, Ca (Zone 5b)
Region: Canadian
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KatEnns
Oct 29, 2017 8:31 AM CST
There are quite a few species in of Salix that will have nice furry catkins in spring, most are shrubs. Perhaps you mean Salix babylonica the weeping willow? It’s very hard to keep this small, but not impossible. Usually within ten years, it’s a very wide tree, over 30 feet tall. But for just the catkin flowers, you could ask at a garden centre for something like Salix scoulerianna or discolor, several nativ app to chose from.
K. A. Enns

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