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)
Possibly the favorite plant in my garden. After just over two years, mine has grown from a twiggy little thing to around 13 feet tall, with a wide, woody trunk. My husband regularly wonders why it isn't called a tree, as we have no idea when it will stop growing, and it is as hardy as or even hardier than the trees on our property!
The branches are strong (only pruning has removed them; not even wind or our terrible ice storms here in Zone 6 touch it). It maintains that graceful willow look, although it is upright rather than weeping.
The catkins remain for weeks in early spring, and mine attract honeybees like crazy & are rather fragrant. The leaves aren't anything special, but they are thick on the branches, completely disease-resistant, & nothing kills them, not even the annoying Japanese beetles we get in mid/late summer here.
We spray the pussy willow to kill the beetles, but the plant itself acts like either way, nothing happened. It loves water, but if you forget for a few weeks--eh, whatever. An incredibly hardy, fast-growing "shrub."
A very hardy small shrub-like tree here in 5a/b. It can grow rapidly up to 10-12 feet, and has a vase-shaped appearance, spreading out at the top. The blooms appear as swollen buds in very late winter, and change color from a pinkish white to large gray white ovals. As they mature they become large, and eventually fall off the tree. Cuttings are easily propagated by cutting stems from branches and placing in a jar of water for a few days. I have even planted them directly into moist soil where rooting occurs naturally and quickly. I like to keep them in shape by pruning after leaves have fallen in late fall and early winter. Very attractive ornamental in late winter, and early spring, especially against a blue sky.
On Jan 30, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
New leaf growth is reddish brown that matures to a dark blue-green. Can reach a height of 15', but is often considered a shrub. Flower buds are a pinkish purple that have a silvery cast to them.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Vincent, Alabama Oak Lawn, Illinois Georgetown, Indiana Macy, Indiana Greensboro, Maryland North Lakeville, Massachusetts Ozark, Missouri East Norriton, Pennsylvania Warwick, Rhode Island Cross Lanes, West Virginia