pussy willow Salicaceae Salix
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptical to oblong, weakly serrated, 2 to 4 inches long, may be fuzzy, blue-green above, pale almost white below.
Flower: Species is dioecious; catkins, both males and females very fuzzy, silvery gray, 1 inch long, appearing in late winter or very early spring.
Fruit: Small, brown capsules in clusters 2 to 2 1/2 inches long, each containing many small fuzzy seeds, ripen in late spring.
Twig: Slender, green or red, may be fuzzy, buds purple-red with a single cap-like scale.
Bark: Gray-brown, initially smooth, becoming split and shallowly furrowed or scaly.
Form: Small tree or multi-stemmed shrub up to 30 feet.
Looks like: Bebb's willow
- Scouler willow
- Sitka willow
| Additional Range Information:
Salix discolor is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting pussy willow.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson