Top Questions About Pussy Willow Trees

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Questions About Pussy Willow Trees

Asked by
mgszabo101 on
September 11, 2019
Ontario zone 4

Q. Wondering why our weeping pussy willows, which are in pots, are bringing forth furry catkins and it’s September.

Just bought them this past spring and they have spent the summer on our balcony.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 11, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

It is much colder in your area than in mine. This means that any cooler temperatures can trigger flowering. Flowering this early can indicate that it is a male tree, however, this cannot be confirmed without seeing the catkins and the flower sex that they contain.

Either way, what you are seeing will not harm the tree. This article will help you to care for the tree: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/pussy-willow/growing-pussy-willows.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 29, 2019

Q. Is pussy willow native to the USA?

I’d like to provide pollen for early bees, but don’t have room for a big willow tree, such as a black willow, in my yard. I like pussy willow, but also want to plant as much “native” as possible.
Thanks!

Answered by
MichiganDot on
September 29, 2019
A.

Pussy willow is native to many areas of the US including Missouri. It does best in damp, even wet soil. There are several internet sites where one can check native status of plants. Two are plants.USDA.gov and Wildflower.org. The second has lists of native plants for each state and a searchable database for various growing conditions. The site is not all-inclusive; it targets plants that are appropriate for home gardens.

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