Pussy Willows

This harbinger of early spring produces buds that look like fuzzy caterpillars.

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Pussy Willow Branches

Pussy Willow Branches

The name "pussy willow" is used for willows (usually Salix caprea) that produce a fuzzy bud in late winter or early spring. Appearing on this deciduous shrub's bare branches, the buds are often harvested for the florist trade before they have a chance to expand to their full size (1-1/2 inches).

Pussy willows grow in a variety of soils and prefer full sun. The mature size of Salix caprea is 15 to 25 feet tall and 12 to 15 wide. USDA Zones 4 to 8

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