Salix gracilistyla Melanostachys
Salix gracilistyla Melanostachys
Salix gracilistyla Melanostachys
Salix gracilistyla Melanostachys
Salix gracilistyla Melanostachys
Salix gracilistyla Melanostachys
Salix gracilistyla Melanostachys
Salix gracilistyla Melanostachys

Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'

Eye catching black catkins
  • Absolutely exquisite black pussy willow makes a stunning feature plant - your neighbours will be astounded by the colour!
  • The fuzzy black catkins and red anthers are perfect for bringing drama to the winter and early spring garden.
  • Ideal for indoor flower displays.
  • Produces fluffy tactile black powder puffs - Kids love them!
  • Supplied as established plants in 9cm pots ready for planting out. Ultimate height and spread 3m (10ft)

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3 x 9cm Pot
Item: 511044
3 x 9cm Pot - Item: 511044
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Wow!... Just wow!! You really can't get a more striking plant for your late winter and spring garden - and we're so excited to be able to bring it to you!

Absolutely exquisite with its gorgeous black fluffy catkins which just beg to be stroked as you walk past the bush. The fuzzy bunny tails burst from the tight red buds as the temperature warms in early spring, bringing a contrast to your garden, with the promise of warmer weather to come.
Perfect for a winter garden, the pussy-willow catkins start to appear from late winter and last well into the spring, and the stems are truly impressive when cut and brought into the house for an early flower display, making a great visual impact.

As the season progresses, the black powder puffs gradually turn golden as the pollen emerges, bringing a subtle shift of colour to the whole bush, before the blue-green leaves emerge and form a magnificent backdrop to other plants and flowers in the garden.

Not just a pretty face, 'Melanostachys' is also known for its abilty to tolerate pollution, salt sea air and damp areas - a truly versatile and useful plant!

Supplied as established plants in 9cm pots, with an ultimate height and spread of  3m (10ft), but can be restricted by pruning.

What Is Supplied

Item 511044 supplied as:
Supplied as 3 established plants in 9cm pots, ready to be planted out.

Plant Care Information

Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

Force blooms for cut-flower displays by cutting stems and placing them in water indoors as early as January.

Care Information

  • Water well until established - willow loves water!
  • Apart from keeping plants well-watered, they are virtually maintenance free - even pruning is simple, just prune out dead or old wood to encourage new shoots to appear.
  • Any shoots that have grown too long can also be shortened.
  • To keep size in check, plants can be coppiced every 2-3 years to encourage new growth from the base.
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    Planting Time
    Flowering Time

    Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

    Plant Dimensions
    300 cm
    300 cm
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    1. If you're not totally happy with your order, return it within 30 days and we'll replace or refund in full!
    2. Should any hardy plant fail to thrive thereafter, we'll replace free of charge - you just pay the P&P
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