This male hybrid from Japan has some of the biggest catkins of all of the Pussy Willows. Flower buds start to form in fall, then, depending on your location, the buds start to open in late winter or early spring. Once open, the flower spikes are silvery-pink and can reach 3 inches long! These male flower catkins will be covered with golden pollen when mature, and bees will swarm them for an early source of food.
Leaves open with a reddish tinge in spring and then, once mature, they are medium green with silky, silver undersides. Coppery-brown stems/branches can be coppiced regularly and will form plenty of catkins in the first year after cutting back.
Deciduous shrub; mature size: 12 ft T x 8 ft W
Minimum temperature: -30° F