Salix gracilistyla

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Salix gracilistyla
Salix gracilistyla.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Salicaceae
Genus: Salix
S. gracilistyla
Binomial name
Salix gracilistyla

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

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


'Melanostachys', also known as the 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. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[3][4]



  1. ^ Also S. gracilystilla
  2. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Salix gracilistyla". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  3. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Salix gracilistyla". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  4. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 93. Retrieved 11 October 2018.

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