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Pussy Willow - Salix discolor | Pots ready spring & fall

Common name: Pussy Willow

Scientific name: Salix discolor

Example mature size: 6 m tall, 5 m wide; 20 ft tall, 16.5 ft wide

Sunlight: Full-sun, Partial-sun

Water: Medium-wet, Wet

Soil: Loam, Clay

Blooms: Yellow in April

Ontario plant status: Native Shrub, Common

Natural habitats: Roadsides-ravines, Riverbanks-beaches, Meadow-grasslands

Wildlife benefits: Bees/wasps ๐Ÿ, Moths ๐Ÿฆ‹, Host plant ๐Ÿ›, Butterflies/skippers ๐Ÿฆ‹, Rodents ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ, Deer/moose ๐ŸฆŒ

Points of interest: - Host to the Io and Polyphemus moths as well as the Mourning Cloak and Viceroy butterflies - Deer, rabbits, squirrels and birds feed on the branches and catkins - Can become invasive due to the root system shooting up sprouts - Used for erosion control on river banks - Prone to diseases and pest: including powdery mildew, leaf spots, gray scab and cankers. Insect pests include aphids, scale, borers, lacebugs and caterpillars

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