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Black Pussy Willow


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Common Name: Black Pussy Willow

Botanical Name: Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'

Plant Type: Shrub

Plant Size: Up to 10 feet

Typical Bloom Time: March to April

This species of willow is known for its jet-black flowers, which appear in early spring. Its male blooms also have red anthers (part of their reproductive system), which slowly turn soft yellow with pollen. In Conservatory Garden, black pussy willows can be found on the Woodland Slope.


Park Locations

Conservatory Garden

East side from 104th to 106th Street