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Grey Pussy Willow, Salix cinerea, is a large native shrub or a small, stubby tree that is found in boggy ground and riversides across the country. Pussy Willows are the earliest to flower, providing a key source of early nectar and pollen to bees as they gear up for the year.
Grey Pussy Willow is not suitable for a clipped hedge, but it can be grown as rough screening up to about 7 metres high.
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Grey Pussy Willow plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
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General description of Salix cinerea plants:
Common Names: Grey Willow, Pussy Willow, Grey Sallow
Along with goat willow, Grey Willow is often referred to as Pussy Willow because of its beautiful catkins. Before they ripen, they a covered in neat, silver-grey hairs that look equally lovely on the bare branches and in a vase of cut flowers.
As they mature, the flowers on the male tree become yellow with pollen, while the female flower remain greeny-grey.
After pollination in early summer, the female flowers release masses of delicate little seeds that disperse on the wind. These need bare, wet soil to germinate, so are not likely to be a problem for the average garden.
Salix cinerea can be coppiced and pollarded: it tends to form a fairly low shrub anyway.
If you want more upright growth, keep removing the lower side branches each year.
History & uses of Salix cinerea
Grey willow is often planted along loose banks to stabilise the soil with its fibrous root.
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