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Black Cat® Pussywillow Salix chaenomeloides

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Exposure
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Early Spring
Mature Size
144" 144"
Height
120 - 144"
Spread
120 - 144"

This plant is hardy in zones 4 - 7

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
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    Features

    The cat came back!

    This fabulously unique pussywillow disappeared for a few years as we worked out some quirks that made its extra large, deep black catkins sometimes go silver - but we've straightened all that out and are delighted to bring Black Cat® pussywillow back to the garden. This is a very large plant, perfect for planting as a screen or barrier. It tolerates wet soil and is very hardy. Each spring brings hundreds of fuzzy catkins that start out bright pink and silver, soon maturing to deep black. 

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    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    120 - 144 Inches
    Spacing: 
    120 - 156 Inches
    Spread: 
    120 - 144 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Purple
    Flower Shade: 
    Silver-black catkins
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
    Water Category: 
    Wet
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Cut Flower
    Uses Notes: 

    Mixed borders, cutting gardens

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Adaptable to most moist, or wet soils. Fertilize in spring and prune after flowering.

    Black Cat® Salix chaenomeloides 'Lubbers Zwart' USPP 27,403, Can PBRAF
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