Japanese Pussy Willow Information – How To Grow A Japanese Pussy Willow

Pussy Willows are native to Japan and they grow naturally in many areas of the country. They have been cultivated for centuries and there are several varieties which produce flowers and fruit.

One variety produces large, white berries with red seeds, while another produces small yellow fruits with black seeds. There are two other types of willow: one producing long, slender branches; the other producing short, stout branches.

The Japanese Pussy Willow (Salix Chaenomelos) is a very popular ornamental tree in Japan. It grows well in full sun and prefers moist soil.

Its bark is soft and smooth, but it does not require much pruning because its branches are relatively short. The leaves are alternate, waxy green or pinkish purple, 4–6 inches long and 1 inch wide at the base. The flowers occur from late summer through early fall.

How To Grow A Japanese Pussy Willow Tree

You can start growing your own Japanese Pussy Willow tree in just a few weeks. You need only a little bit of space and you’ll soon have a beautiful specimen!

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Choose a location where you want to grow your new willow tree.

If possible, dig up some old earth around the area so that it doesn’t get overgrown with grasses or weeds. If this isn’t possible, just carefully weed and dig around the root ball after you’ve planted it.

2. Use a trowel or shovel to dig a hole about twice the size of the root ball, and remove the tree from its container.

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3. Set the tree in the hole and fill in around it with dirt, but be sure not to cover any of the roots.

If necessary, trim away any roots that are sticking out.

4. Add a little fertilizer around the base of the tree, but do not use a root stimulator unless the package explicitly says that it can be used on willows.

5. Fill in the hole with dirt, patting it down firmly so there are no air pockets or empty spaces.

6. Firmly pat down the surrounding earth as well, again making sure there are no air pockets or spaces.

7. Water the tree thoroughly, saturating the soil, but don’t let the water run out of the hole.

8. After you water it, stand back and admire your new willow tree!

There’s no need to transplant it again until it is full-grown, which can take many years, so enjoy your new tree!

If you want to prune it, do so only after it has leafed out. Cut no more than one third of the branches at any one time and remove any crossing or damaged branches.

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If you want to propagate it, simply dig up a chunk of earth with a group of roots and set it aside to dry for a few days. Then plant it wherever you’d like to grow a new tree.

A common problem that plagues many willow trees is fungus or insects. If your tree develops black spots that look like pepper on the leaves or yellow fuzz on the branches, you need to treat it immediately or it could die.

Japanese Pussy Willows are very strong and resilient. It is said that they don’t even die, they just go to sleep.

If necessary, you can cut down your willow tree and it will still grow back from the stump.

Learn more about Growing a Japanese Pussy Willow Tree. Buy some fungicide and insecticide, following the directions on the package for how to apply it to your tree.

If you buy a willow tree at a store or online, read the label to see if it is suitable for planting outdoors. Some are meant only to be kept in containers.

Growing any kind of tree takes time, but with proper care and attention, you’ll soon have a beautiful addition to your yard!

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Sources & references used in this article:

Selection of Willows for floral and stem quality and continuous production sequence in temperate North America by Y Kuzovkina, MF Quigley – HortTechnology, 2004 – journals.ashs.org

Nitrate and phosphate removal potentials of three willow species and a bald cypress from eutrophic aquatic environment by BS Seo, CM Park, U Song, WJ Park – Landscape and Ecological …, 2010 – Springer

The complete chloroplast genome sequence of rose-gold pussy willow, Salix gracilistyla Miq. (Salicaceae) by H Xi, J Park, Y Kim – Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 2019 – Taylor & Francis

Pretreatment with [EMIM] Ac/DMAc Co-solvent to Improve Enzymatic Saccharification of Pussy Willow (Salix gracilistyla Miq.) by SY Han, CW Park, F Febrianto, NH Kim, SH Lee – BioResources, 2020 – ojs.cnr.ncsu.edu

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