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Salix caprea

French Pussy Willow, Pink Pussy Willow
Salicaceae
Deciduous, Trees

SALIX

Fast-growing, weak-wooded, short-lived plants. Weeping willows are best used as single trees near a stream or lake, though they can, with training, become satisfactory shade trees for patio or terrace. They leaf out very early in spring and hold their foliage late. Shrubby willows are grown mainly for catkins (this group goes by the name “pussy willow”) or colorful twigs, as screen plants, or for erosion control on stream or river banks.

Salix caprea

Native from Europe to northeastern Asia. Grows to 15 to 25 ft. tall, 12 to 15 ft. wide. Broad, 3- to 6-in.-long leaves are dark green above, gray and hairy beneath. Before leafout, male plants produce fat, woolly, pinkish gray catkins about 1 in. long. Can be kept to shrub size by cutting to ground every few years.

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