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Salix Gracilistyla "Mt. Aso"

Salix Gracilistyla "Mt. Aso"

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The Mount Aso Pussy Willow, scientifically named Salix gracilistyla 'Mt. Aso', is an ornamental deciduous shrub hailing from Japan's Mount Aso region. Renowned for its early spring display of rosy-pink catkins, it brings a burst of color to the garden, signaling the arrival of spring.

Quick Facts

  • Scientific Name: Salix gracilistyla 'Mt. Aso'
  • Common Name: Mount Aso Pussy Willow
  • Growing Zones: USDA zones 4 through 9
  • Mature Size: 8 to 10 feet in height and spread
  • Leaf Characteristics: Light green, elongated leaves
  • Catkin Color: Starts rosy-pink, transitions to silvery, then yellow
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Growing Specifics

  • Soil Preferences: Adaptable to a variety of soil types (clay, loam, sand, silt), prefers well-drained soil with a pH of slightly acidic to neutral (6.0 to 7.0).
  • Water Requirements: Prefers damp soil conditions but should not be waterlogged.
  • Pruning and Maintenance: Prune after flowering to maintain shape and size; coppicing can be done for enhanced blooms.
  • Landscape Uses: Ideal as a specimen or focal point, can be used in hedges and for privacy.
  • Wildlife Attraction: Attracts pollinators and resists deer, diseases, heat, insects, salt air, and wet soils.

Special Notes

The Mount Aso Pussy Willow is both hardy and low maintenance, making it suitable for a range of garden settings. Its stunning catkins are not only a garden highlight but also popular in floral arrangements, adding indoor charm. The shrub’s resistance to various environmental factors and its appeal to wildlife make it a practical and beautiful choice for gardeners and florists alike.

3-pack plants are shipped in 3" pots by priority mail on Mondays. They will be shipped when they are fully rooted in April. Sorry, we can't ship to California.

Compare rooted  plants at $16-25 each/

Note: we can't ship rooted cuttings to California unfortunately due to compost restriction laws.

Do note that willows have wandering roots, so it's advisable not to plant them near septic or water lines to avoid potential damage​

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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Peter Cousineau
Exceptional quality

I received my Mt. Aso pussy willow shortly after checking on the shipping date. And they are beautiful quality cuttings. I don’t anticipate any issues with rooting them in as they have loads of healthy nodes for roots to come from. I wasn’t sure of the shipping date as I hadn’t heard anything since ordering, so I contacted and asked and was promptly responded to with a. Kind and helpful email . The cuttings showed up with a few days of that. Highly recommend!

Awesome cuttings

Once I received the cuttings I placed them in a jar of water next to a southern facing window. In about 7 days I had great root growth and bud starting to produce leaves. I left them there for one more week and then planted them in small containers to transfer to the green house to grown until our ground is ready for planting. Super happy with the product. Can't wait to get them into the ground and see how quickly they grow.

Kelly Gregory
Thank You 😊

Pretty little package 📦 filled with lots of happy! Thank you!!!

Mt Aso

I couldn't have been more pleased when I opened the box, such big healthy roots! I will buy again! Two thumbs up.

Allison Kerwin

They arrived in good condition but am waiting for them to show roots at the bottom of the pots. Hopefully will get them planted out once the snow melts and things dry out a bit so it isn’t urgent yet.