Growing Zones: 4-8 outdoors(hardy down to -20℉) 4-8 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 6-8 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 5-6 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Salix caprea
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Versatile Ornamental Tree
Bring Home an Early Spring
Nothing will add a more dramatic impact to your landscape than the Weeping Pussy Willow. This ornamental tree is compact enough to be planted almost anywhere and will be the focal point of your yard. It can be pruned to create the size and shape that you desire for your particular space.
Beautiful in Cut Arrangements
Each year, in late winter or early spring, you will be greeted with soft-white catkins. Clip a few blooming branches and bring them inside where they can be displayed on their own or added to other floral arrangements.
If you're anxious for the feel of an early spring - Cut a few branches from your Weeping Pussy Willow while it's still budding. When you place them in water near a sunny window, they will bloom before your eyes while everything outdoors is still sleeping. Your Willow will bloom for up to 4-weeks each year; when the blooms have faded its branches will be covered with lovely green leaves, still adding a dramatic touch to your landscape.
Easy to Maintain
Plant your Weeping Pussy Willow in early spring or fall for best results. It loves moist, almost soggy soil, making it the perfect choice for planting near your spring or pond and it has a deep spreading root system that makes it ideal for hillside planting and erosion control.
You can plant your Weeping Pussy Willow in dryer soil conditions too; just keep the soil moistened and flood once a week during the hot weather, for a vibrant and healthy tree. The growth of your Weeping Pussy Willow is considered moderate to fast which is just a little slower than the standard variety because of the grafting required to create this dramatic tree but well worth a little extra time.
- Low Maintenance
- Moderate to Fast Growth
- Beautiful for Cut Arrangements
- Dynamic Visual Appeal
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Absolutely love it!
I planted my weeping willow at the beginning of Spring (1month ago) and it has already began to grow new leaves and branches. I'm extremely pleased with my purchase and I'm looking forward to the seasons and years to come.
We planted it and it immediately began to push out leaves. It's so healthy and green. We love it!!
Planting & Care
The Weeping Pussy Willow (Salix caprea ‘Pendula’) is a very cold tolerant, low maintenance, ornamental tree that is quite easy to maintain. This full to partial sun loving, fast growing dwarf is great for small areas as it only reaches a mature height of 6-8 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide. They also make great pond or stream accents as they do favor a consistently moistened soil for their deep spreading root structure. In the late winter to early spring, you will begin to see the delicate, soft, white “catkins” appear. When trimmed properly they make fantastic additions to floral arrangements for the home. One of the more popular aspects for the weeping pussy willow is they start to emerge when pretty much everything else is still asleep from winter dormancy. For those who are huge fans of spring, it’s a fantastic showpiece that lets you know winter has come to an end.
Choosing a location: The pussy willow will perform best in areas where the soil can stay consistently moist. Creek beds or pond accenting spots are favored but as long as you irrigate properly and ensure the proper sun exposure, your willow can thrive anywhere.
Planting Directions (in ground): Take into account the willow’s large root system that is considered to be invasive. Avoid utilities, being too close to your home’s foundation or next to sidewalks and driveways. It’s not advised to plant near your septic system either.
1) Dig a hole three times the width and just as deep as the root ball of your tree. Then remove any debris like rocks, grass or soil clumps from the hole and use a shovel or a pitchfork to loosen the soil around the sides of the hole.
2) Position your tree and make sure that the root collar (area where the roots meet the trunk of the tree) is level with the surrounding soil.
3) Next, gently back fill the soil and tamp it down as you go. After this process is complete, give your tree a long drink of water until the soil becomes evenly moist.
4) Spreading a layer of mulch that’s about three inches thick around the base of your tree will help the soil retain moisture and prevent weeds from growing.
Planting Directions (potted):
1) Select a pot size 2-3 sizes larger than the pot the tree came in and be sure it has adequate drainage holes on the bottom.
2) A regular potting soil will work just fine but you may consider using a moisture wicking potting medium or something that contains peat to help retain soil moisture.
3) Take care not to be too rough handling the trunk of the tree. If applicable, cut the pot the tree came in along the edges and peel it back from the root ball as not to disturb the roots too much.
4) Place the tree in an area that will receive 4-5 hours of sun each day.
Watering (in ground): Your pussy willow will need a deep watering roughly 2-3 times weekly (depending on the weather) to keep the soil consistently moist. Mulching really helps with retaining soil moisture so you will not have to monitor as often. A good method is to leave your garden hose next to the base of the tree on a slow trickle for about 30 minutes. This allows the water to penetrate deeply to reach the expansive root system.
Watering (potted): Stick your finger into the potting soil down to a depth of 2 inches and feel around for any moisture. If the soil is drying out, go ahead and water it until you see it escaping the drainage holes and then stop. If there is some moisture present, leave it be until the soil dries a bit more.
Fertilizing: Provide the pussy willow with fertilizer once yearly in the fall season after it has become established for 1-2 years. A granular fertilizer broadcast around the tree (avoid letting it get any closer than 2 feet of the tree to prevent root burn). Use a generic, all purpose fertilizer for the potted pussy willow.
Pruning: The best time to prune your pussy willow will be when the catkins are on the branches in the spring. This ensures that your pruning is done before the tree has begun active growth. Always ensure your pruning tools) are sharp and sterilized (rubbing alcohol is perfect for sterilization). Prune back new shoots right to the main trunk or they will reappear. Next, remove some of the older main branches which opens the canopy up more and will give the tree a unique form. New shoots will appear on the trunk. These as well as the smaller ones off of the main branches and pointing upwards need to be removed too. The tree will have a much more pleasing appearance when thinned out a bit.
Shaping is great if you just want a year round nicer looking tree. While the catkins are present you’ll want to harvest the the stems for your flower arrangements/decorations. Next, trim off any dead branches then any older branches by a
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