Salix gracilistyla 'Mount Aso' (Japanese Pink Pussy Willow) is a bushy deciduous shrub boasting a profusion of fuzzy rosy-pink catkins, 1 in. long (2.5 cm). They gradually expand to 2 in. long (5 cm), as they mature, turning silvery gray before covering themselves in yellow pollen. Produced by male plants, they are on display in early spring before the foliage emerges. The lush foliage is handsome with bluish-gray leaves that are silky underneath. This mounded willow makes an ideal focal point in the winter garden, thanks to its arching habit and remarkable display of catkins. Developed by a cut-flower grower in Japan, its flowering branches are in high demand in early spring and look terrific when cut and added to the vase.
- Mature size is 5-6 ft tall/wide
- Hardy in zones 4-9
- Full Sun
Note: The plant is shipped in its pot, firmly secured with several layers of clear tape, thereby avoiding any shuffling and moving during transit. The plant reaches you with minimal damage- very safe and secure. We have been shipping plants like this for several years (plant are sometimes shipped in smaller pots for safety and ease of shipping). Most plants go dormant in fall and winter and will lose most of their leaves - looking dead and dry - very normal. They will flush out in spring.
We cannot send ship some plants and some sizes to California due to restrictions placed by department of agriculture.