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Salix caprea 'Pendula'

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salix (SAL-iks) (Info)
Species: caprea (KAP-ree-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pendula

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral headgardener111 On Mar 23, 2009, headgardener111 from Exeter, NH wrote:

Bought a 18" high plant with lots of lovely catkins at Boston Flower Show 3 years ago. Planted outside in sun/light shade. It grows leaves, and cascading branches, but only a few small catkins - would like know how to get catkins to grow.

Negative Glennab On Jun 20, 2004, Glennab from Sioux City, IA wrote:

When I saw this plant this spring I fell in love with it. It was already 5 foot tall when I purchased it - the catkins weren't open yet. Over the ensuing 2 months, it too, eventually died, from the canopy down. It had even sprouted a branch with 7-8 leaves on it, but it soon died. We have had quite a bit of rain this Spring so dryness could not have been a problem. I am at a loss as to why this happened? I dug it up and returned it to the place I purchased it from.

Neutral astilby_2 On Jun 19, 2004, astilby_2 from Fort Atkinson, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I just baught one this spring and the top died on it. Can I use one on of the suckers on the bottom to try and get it to grow up like the main stem did?The stem is still alive about 12 inches from the dirt.Also can I plant it in the ground. Right now we have high water and the moisture is no problem for it if I put it in the ground.It will get alot of moisture where I want to put it because I live by a lake and it is fairly low land.

Neutral Lilith On Aug 11, 2001, Lilith from Durham
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

A beautiful accent plant which doesn't require much room.

This plant is welcomed in the very early spring, putting on a show with its buds when only the daphne is showing color.


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

Merced, California
Poway, California
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
La Vista, Nebraska
Exeter, New Hampshire
Voorhees, New Jersey
Shoreham, New York
Salt Lake City, Utah
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

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