Pussy Willow
Leaf Characteristics
  • broad, flat leaves
  • simple leaves
  • not lobed
  • fine, double teeth
  • all teeth same size
  • shorter stem
  • all side veins same length
  • leaves long and narrow
  • no fine, silky hair both surfaces
  • pale or white lower surface
  • less than 4 times as long as wide
Pussy Willow
Fruit Characteristics
  • other fruit (not cone, winged, acorn, or in pod or capsule)
  • in a small capsule
  • capsule with floss
  • capsule without disk at base
Pussy Willow
Salix discolor

This is a relatively small willow and often is found growing as a shrub. The bark is gray to reddish-brown, smooth on younger growth but fissured and scaly later. The female flowers, called catkins, are the largest of the willows, and distinguish the Pussy Willow from other species of its kind. Its natural growth is in wet habitats such as wet meadows, stream banks and lake borders. But it will grow well when transplanted into drier soils. The Pussy Willow ranges throughout much of southern Canada and the northern United States, east of the Rocky Mountains. It occurs throughout most of Ohio wherever there is appropriate habitat. The main use of the Pussy Willow by people is as an ornamental tree because of its blossoms and foliage. Also, conservationists plant it to protect stream banks and pond margins from erosion.

Tree Size height up to 25' diameter 6" - 10" Bark Flower Bud