Salix discolor
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Hardiness Zone: 4-8 Height: 6-15 feet; 1.8-4.6 metres Spread: 4-12 feet; 1.2-3.7 metres Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Medium to wet Wildlife: Provides pollen for native bees; food source for game and song birds; larval host for a large variety of butterflies and moths; provides cover and nesting sites for a wide variety of birds. Tolerates: Deer, erosion, black walnut Culture: Grow in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prune as needed in late winter to early spring. Plants may be cut to the ground every 3-5 years to maintain a smaller shrub shape. Noteworthy Characteristics: Salix discolor is most often seen as a large multi-stemmed shrub, and less frequently as a small tree to 30' tall. Male pussy willows are noted for producing ornamental attractive silky pearl gray catkins on leafless stems in late winter to early spring. Stems with catkins may be cut in spring for indoor arrangements. Garden Uses: Hedge; naturalizing