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Can You Root A Pussy Willow Branch: Growing Cuttings From Pussy Willow

Pussy willows are some of the best plants you can have in cold climates because they’re virtually the first to wake up from their winter dormancy. Putting out soft, downy buds followed by bright, almost caterpillar-like catkins, they bring much needed early life and color to their native regions of Canada and Eastern United States. But can you root a pussy willow branch? Keep reading to learn more about pussy willow propagation, particularly how to grow pussy willow from cuttings.

Can You Root a Pussy Willow Branch?

Growing cuttings from pussy willow trees is actually one of the easiest propagation methods out there. Willow trees, pussy willows included, contain a natural rooting hormone. In the past they were frequently steeped in water to make a “pussy willow tea” that was then used to encourage other cuttings to develop roots. This method is seeing a real comeback lately as a natural alternative to commercial rooting hormones.

If you want more pussy willow trees, you can hardly go wrong. Be aware, however, that the roots will travel far in search of water. Don’t plant your new trees anywhere near underground pipes or septic tanks, or you’ll be in for a lot of trouble in a few years.

How to Grow Pussy Willow from Cuttings

The best time for rooting pussy willow branches is spring. Cut a length of new growth that’s about 1 foot (30 cm.) long and as straight as you can find. If there are leaves on the cutting, remove them from the bottom few inches.

You can start your cuttings in water or plant them directly in soil – both have high rates of success. If you’re using soil, sink the cuttings several inches into it and water it regularly since pussy willows like wet conditions. If you set the cutting in a glass or bottle of water, you should see white roots start to develop soon.

Once the roots are 3-4 inches (7-10 cm.) long, you can transplant the cutting to soil. And don’t throw away that water! You’ve just made your own pussy willow tea – put some other cuttings in that glass and see what grows!

Starting a Pussy Willow Plant from a Branch

Question:

Can anyone tell me if I can start a pussy willow plant from rooting one of the branches in water?

Hardiness Zone: 6b

Rose from Malvern, PA

Answer:

You can easily start a pussy willow by rooting one of its branches in water. Pussy willows (like other trees in the willow family) produce a natural rooting hormone that encourages them to root quickly.

In fact, if you put cutting from other plants in with the pussy willows that are rooting, the other plants are likely to root faster due to the presence of the rooting hormone.

Starting a Branch in Water

  • To start a branch in water, select a 12 to 16 inch section that is from 1/2 to 1 inch thick.
  • Remove any leaves that will fall before the water line, and stick the branch in a bucket of water. Advertisement
  • Store the branch in a cool place out of direct sunlight until some roots emerge. Then transplant the branch outdoors to moist soil.

Rooting a Branch in Soil

Although pussy willow branches root easily in water, they will take off much faster if you root them directly in moist soil. This is because water roots (roots that have developed in water) are not the same as roots that have developed in soil. Water roots need time to adapt to their new growing conditions in soil, so branches that are rooted this way will take a bit longer to become established. Pussy willow branches can be rooted in pots indoors or directly in the garden as soon as weather permits (danger of frost is past).

Have fun!

Ellen

How to Trim Pussy Willow Trees

Hubert J Steed

This tree is popular for it’s soft, grayish, fur-like buds on long, straight stems. They’re mistakenly referred to as a bush, but they are a tree are wind-pollinated. The Pussy Willow’s distinctively pretty furry buds are actually future leaves.

Monitor your tree’s growth. Pussy Willow buds begin to open very early in the spring.

Be diligent. Pussy willows are a soft wooded tree that grows rapidly.

Cut pussy willow branches 10 to 12 inches long when the catkins or pussy willows are just beginning to emerge.

Keep Pussy Willow Trees rigorously pruned to the desired height. If you let it get away from you, you will find a twenty to thirty foot tree in only a few years.

Get ready to trim a tree that’s out of hand — cut the trunk off at a couple of feet above the ground. Observe that new shoots will soon emerge.

Force blooms in winter. Go to the Pussy Willow Tree and cut off a few stems. Bring stems indoor and place in water.

Buds will spring in a couple of weeks. When the buds reach the desired size, remove the stems from water.

When the buds reach the desired size, remove the stems from water.

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French Pussy Willow

French Pussy Willows –

French Pussy Willow Shrubs, Salix caprea, are large upright growing flowering shrubs or multi-stemmed small flowering trees. The large, fuzzy, silvery Pussy Willow catkins open in late winter or very early spring. A choice garden plant for cutting gardens for winter stems to force the buds to bloom for flower arrangements.

French Pussy Willow flowering shrubs prefers moist soil and is a good plant for wet areas.

According to an old Polish legend, many springtime’s ago a mother cat was crying at the bank of the river in which her kittens were drowning. The willows at the river’s edge longed to help her, so they swept their long graceful branches into the waters to rescue the tiny kittens who had fallen into the river while chasing butterflies. The kittens gripped on tightly to their branches and were safely brought to shore. Each springtime since, goes the legend, the willow branches sprout tiny fur-like buds at their tips where the tiny kittens once clung. And…that is how legend has it that the French Pussy Willows came to be known.

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Pussy Willow (150 stems)

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  • Length: 42in / 106cm
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Black Cat Salix | Black Pussy Willow

Black Cat Salix PussyWillow –

Some plants are adorable because they come bursting with all color and bravado when they bloom. Some of them are lovable because they hold off their own against deer and diseases. Some of them are amazing because they are the guardians of the garden. The Black Cat Salix is amazing because of its large, deep black catkins.

The black Pussy willow is a plant that thrives in the wetlands. They have long invasive roots which means you should have them far away from any kind of septic tanks. They are not deer resistant. The extra-large catkins that appear in shades of pink and silver are loved by birds and squirrels too.

The how to on growing the pussy willow is the most important side of all this. As with other pussy willows, the Black Cat grows best in full sun. Is adaptable to most moist or wet soils. Fertilize in spring and prune after flowering.

Large plants like the Black Cat Salix serve great as privacy screens or boundaries. They can even work as a live hedge to your yard.

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

Salix, Pink Pussy Willow ‘Black Cat’

Category:

Shrubs

Water Requirements:

Unknown – Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Deciduous

Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Silver/Gray

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Bloom Size:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Other details:

Unknown – Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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