Salix gracilistyla

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Salix gracilistyla
Salix gracilistyla.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Salicaceae
Genus: Salix
Species: S. gracilistyla
Binomial name
Salix gracilistyla

Salix gracilistyla [1]is a species of willow native to Japan, Korea and China known in English as rose-gold pussy willow.[2]

It is a deciduous shrub that reaches a height of 1-6 m.


'Melanostachys', also known as black pussy willow, is known for its jet-black male and female catkin blooms which appear in early spring. Its male catkins also have red anthers, which slowly turn soft yellow from pollen.




  1. ^ Also S. gracilystilla
  2. ^ "Salix gracilistyla". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 27 October 2015.