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Pussy Willow Live Stakes

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Pussy Willow Live Stakes

 
Pussy willows are so named because they are known for their furry catkins in the end of winter. The catkins look and feel as soft as a cat’s paw. In many cases, the twigs grow either vertically or out wide depending on how luscious the shrub is. 

Between March and April, they blossom their yellowish, pink, red, or fluffy white flowers. However, some are smaller and blossom only whitish or grayish flowers. They thrive best in average to very wet soil and in either partial shade or full sun. They thrive very well around bodies of water, in rain gardens, or areas that need soil erosion control. Pussy willows bud from a stem-like plant into a full-luscious bush. They can grow up to 15 feet high and spread up to 12 feet wide. Some shrubs have a tendency to grow taller than that depending on the amount of nourishment and how healthy they are. 

Unless it’s unhealthy, its stems bounce right back after a pruning. When the new shoots show up, they typically grow away from the shrub’s center so that they’re not rubbing each other left and right. Old stems turn very gray so that’s the ultimate sign to know when it needs some maintenance. They can be planted anywhere in a yard, a park, etc. that has a lot of moisture and needs soil control. 

As long as they are getting plenty of nutrients from ground moisture, they are overall very are low maintenance. Since they get so tall, they can also easily serve as hedges or privacy screens. They also attract many species of birds. Beautiful goldfinches and yellow warblers tend to make their nests in them. The fast and beautiful hummingbirds love to suck their nectar. Ducks tend to make them a part of their diet.
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