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Black Cat® Pussy Willow

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Height 10 - 12 Feet
  • Width 10 - 12 Feet
  • Growing Zones 4-7

Black Cat® Pussy Willow (Salix chaenomeloides) is a large, striking shrub that produces fuzzy catkins in early spring. These catkins start out pink and silver and mature to a deep black. These provide great early spring interest while waiting for spring flowers to bloom.

This plant provides great cut flowers, or catkins. It also holds its color nicely when dried. It’s easy to grow and works well as a screen or border. It is native to Japan, Korea, and China, as opposed to Salix discolor, which is native to North America. This pussy willow is hardy in zones 4a-7b and has an upright growth habit.

Black Cat® Pussy Willow Care

Black Cat® Pussy Willow needs to be planted in full sun. It likes moist or wet soil so it is great to plant in those wet areas in the landscape. Water as often as needed to maintain proper soil moisture. Fertilize in the early spring with a slow-release balanced fertilizer.

Because the plant blooms on old wood, it should be pruned immediately after it blooms, to get it ready to bloom the following year.

Black Cat® Pussy Willow Spacing

Black Cat® Pussy Willow is a big shrub and can grow up to 10-12 feet tall and 10-12 feet wide, so make sure you plant it somewhere that it can spread out 10-13 feet without hitting another plant or a building.

Black Cat® Pussy Willow Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-7
Plant Type: Shrub
Sunlight Exposure: Full Sun
Mature Height: 10 - 12 Feet
Mature Width: 10 - 12 Feet
Plant Spacing: 10 - 13 Feet
Growth Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Purple
Flower Shade: Silver-Black
Seasonal Interest: Early Spring
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Resists: Deer
Features: Cut Flowers, Deadheading Not Necessary, Low Maintenance
Uses: Border Plant Cut Flower
Plant Brand: Proven Winners
Botanical/Scientific Name: Salix chaenomeloides 'Lubbers Zwart' USPP 27,403, Can 6,141

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location


Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.