Salix discolor

Common name: Pussy Willow

Native plant

The leaves of the Pussy Willow have a felt-like cast to them early in the season and retain it on the undersides for the rest of the year. These leaves host a number of butterflies and moths in moist, sunny habitats, most notably the Viceroy Butterfly. In nature and in the yard, Salix discolor is a bit inconsistent in form, but it usually has a few larger limbs that are well branched. It can be anywhere between 8 and 15 feet tall. It is popular in spring for its fluffy gray and yellow catkins from where it gets its name. All of these characteristics make it awesome as an addition to any moist ground shrub border. 


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Durable Near High Traffic Areas, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Wetlands

Growth form

Dence Growth Form, Shrubby/Clump, Low branched, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
7 Feet
Mature width
10 Feet
Max height
20 Feet
Max width
22 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Rain garden suited

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