Redgold Pussy Willow
Salix gracilistyla

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salix (SAL-iks) (Info)
Species: gracilistyla (grass-il-ih-STY-luh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Silver/Gray

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Roxboro, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Jan 21, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A profusion of showy, silvery flower catkins make a beautiful display in the landscape for over a month beginning in mid-January here in Boston Z6a. Like pussy willow (Salix caprea), but the catkins are twice the size and produced in greater profusion. The color isn't just silver, but has a variable infusion of pink to rose as well. Great for cutting, too.

A well-kept secret, this plant has the showiest flower display of all the willows, and in the middle of winter, to boot! Unlike pussy willow (Salix caprea), it doesn't require yearly stooling to keep it from becoming a tree. Responds well to pruning in late winter after the flowers fade.

Easy to propagate. I just take 12" cuttings after leaf drop in the fall and before the flower buds open, and stick them de... read more