What Are Pussy Willows, Anyway? - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The furry catkins of pussy willows are one of spring's earliest harbingers. If you have the proper conditions, you can grow this shrub in your yard. Proper pruning allows you to show off these plants with maximum impact in your landscape. Pussy willows are dioecious , with the male pussy willow trees producing catkins earlier than the female trees and therefore being more highly prized.
What Are Pussy Willows, Anyway?
Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists. Pussy willow is a narrow shrub or small tree to 20 ft. The familiar, silvery-gray, furry catkins appear before leaf emergence. Deciduous leaves are broad, bright-green and shiny.
The Garden has reopened! Advance tickets are required. At the tail end of winter, fuzzy nubs start to appear along the branches of pussy willows. What are those little nubs?