Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'
- Black Pussy Willow
aka Salix melanostachys
Black pussy willow will often bloom (display
its catkins) before the snow melts. No other willow
compares to the display of orange anthers against
the jet-black catkins. Slow-growing
and easily controlled by selective pruning, 'Melanostachys'
is suitable for smaller areas.
Description: large shrub; 7 m (23'); rounded
form; slow growing; showy black catkins appearing in spring;
Ideal conditions: full sun to part shade;
thrives in moist fertile soil; tolerates a wide range of soil
types; prune to control size
Coldest Zone: 4 (find your
zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Visit this site for a spectacular
photo of the catkins.
Comparison of willow
stems and leaves
Lists of various willow