Top Questions About Pussy Willow Trees

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Questions About Pussy Willow Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
March 2, 2011

Q. Pussy Willow Catkins

I brought a pussy willow tree two years ago with catkins on it and planted it in a old pond that had been filled in. The tree has done very well but has not produced catkins since, and I do not seem to know why this is.

Answered by
jjclove on
March 4, 2011
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the question i pose to you would be is it in full sun. most plants that flower well in a nursery were growing in perfect conditions. if the plant is full sun to part shade it may not produce that catkins often in part shade. be sure the plant is the right zone for you area

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 14, 2011

Q. Pussy Willows

I am planting pussy willow roots and need to know where to plant–in the sun or shade?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 14, 2011
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Pussy willows grow best in full sun, but will tolerate light shade.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 21, 2011

Q. Badly Timed Pussy Willow Pruning

I think I pruned at the wrong time last year. I pruned late Oct. or early Nov. (in Connecticut). It’s March now and I have no new growth and only two or three buds. The rest of my willow is barren! I’m very discouraged. I think I damaged it badly by pruning at the wrong time. Any way to get it going again?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 22, 2011
Certified Expert
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You did prune at the wrong time, but never fear, the damage is only temporary. If you need to prune the tree, prune it now and then it will bloom for you next year. It only blooms on new growth, and when you pruned in the fall, you cut off the new growth. It will have new growth again this summer and will bloom off that next year.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 22, 2011

Q. Squirrels and Pussy Willow Trees

Can squirrels do lasting damage to my pussy willow tree? Squirrels have been eating the catkins when they open, voraciously, and there are few leaves on the far out branches. The tree is as tall as my house.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 23, 2011
Certified Expert
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They probably cannot do enough damage to kill a plant that large, but it is frustrating to have the squirrels take the catkins. This article will help you with keeping them away:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/get-rid-squirrels.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 12, 2011

Q. Regrowth of Willow Tree

I have a dried out pussy willow tree that has shoots growing from the bottom of the stem. Will the tree ever grow back?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 13, 2011
Certified Expert
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It probably will never regain its tree shape, but if you see shoots from the base, it will regrow as a shrub.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 20, 2011

Q. How Many Types of Pussy Willows Are There

Someone told me that there were three kinds of pussy willow?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 21, 2011
Certified Expert
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There are generally two types of pussy willow: American pussy willow (Salix discolor) and European (Salix caprea).

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 22, 2011

Q. Pussy Willow Bushes

Can I cut branches of a pussy willow and put them in water, and will they root so you can plant them?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 23, 2011
Certified Expert
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These plants are extremely easy to root. Stems/branches can be stuck in a vase of water where they will form roots within a few weeks. Once roots appear, they can be placed in pots or planted directly into the ground in spring. Cuttings should be from new growth, at least as thick as a pencil, and a foot or more in length.

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