|Salix caprea 'Pendula' (Weeping Pussy Willow)|
Here in my zone 7 northeastern garden, one of my favorite trees for spring interest 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. Catkins form on the growth of the previous season in late winter, so any pruning should wait until after bloom. 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.
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