Monday, March 26, 2012

Weeping Pussy Willow: Feature Spring Flowering Tree

Salix caprea 'Pendula' (Weeping Pussy Willow)
Spring has arrived here in my zone 7 northeastern garden and one of my favorite spring blooming trees is Weeping Pussy Willow (Salix caprea 'Pendula').  In early spring Weeping Pussy Willow develops beautiful silvery-gray catkins that cover the tree and turn to bright yellow,  The display continues for several weeks until the tree develops its beautiful light green foliage. Salix caprea 'Pendula' possesses a strong cascading nature that can be allowed to weep all the way to the ground. It looks great next to a patio area or as a stand alone piece in any garden. Weeping Pussy Willow prefers a slightly acidic moist soil in full sun and is hardy in USDA zones 4-8.  Salix caprea 'Pendula' stays relatively small reaching a mature height of approximately 5-8 feet while spreading to a width of 4-5 feet. 

Salix caprea 'Pendula' (Weeping Pussy Willow) spring catkins

Salix tolerates pruning well and can also be maintained in a more manicured manner.  It is easy to maintain and gives enjoyment all season long.  Salix caprea 'Pendula' are often sold as grafted trees so they appear on a single trunk resembling an umbrella.  Salix caprea 'Pendula' is reasonably disease resistant.



Salix caprea 'Pendula' (Weeping Pussy Willow)



If you are looking for early spring interest in the landscape you cannot go wrong with this tree.  It will be sure to give you lovely springtime catkins, beautiful summer foliage and years of gardening enjoyment!












As Always...Happy Gardening!


Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening Copyright 2012

2 comments:

  1. Such a lovely tree. I have had one for years and love it. It is a welcome sight in spring.

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  2. My weeping pussy willow did great until this year. Now most of the cascading branches are bare and new shoots are coming out of the base. It looks near death and horrible. I don't know if there is anything I can do to save it. Any suggestions? My email is kdales@sympatico.ca

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