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Salix gracilistyla

Salix gracilistyla, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Malpighiales

Familia: Salicaceae
Tribus: Saliceae
Genus: Salix
Subgenus: Salix subg. Vetrix
Sectio: S. sect. Subviminales
Species: Salix gracilistyla

Salix gracilistyla Miq.

Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugduno-Batavum 3:26. 1867
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Salix gracilistyla in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names
English: Black pussy willow, rosegold pussy willow
hornjoserbsce: Šwižnopěstkata wjerba
日本語: 猫柳, ネコヤナギ

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]


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

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