Salix gracilistyla 'Mount Aso'

Japanese pink pussy willow

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Buy Salix gracilistyla 'Mount Aso' Japanese pink pussy willow: Clothed with fuzzy pink catkins.

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: any deep, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The stems of the wonderful 'Mount Aso' are clothed with fuzzy pink catkins in late winter and early spring, which are impossible not to stroke each time you pass. These look their best as they start to swell in mid- to late winter and make a wonderfully eye-catching feature for the winter garden. Even when the flowering has finished, the lush foliage, which has a silvery reverse, makes a great backdrop throughout the spring and summer for other plants that are just starting to bloom. Introduced by a breeder who specialises in cut flowers, the stems look equally impressive when cut and added to the vase.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter and shorten any over-long shoots. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted compost in the planting.

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Unusual spring colour


Saw this plant at RHS Harlow Carr but they didn't stock it in the plant centre so I tried Crocus - it's looking lovely in my shrubbery.




Love this plant


Not planted this in the ground yet .




Lovely plant


Expensive but worth it. Beautiful in February and March. Takes a while to establish, and I made sure to keep it well watered in the first year or so. I have a heavy clay soil, and the plant is in a very windy spot, but it is growing well and lovely. If you like winter flowers on bare wood, this is the plant for you.




Salix gracilistyla Mount Aso

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Is this salix suitable for having a smaller clematis grow through it, to add more seasons of colour?

Ms B

Yes if you wanted to you could, if you chose a clematis in the group 3 flowering category, you could prune it in late winter before the catkins develop and make the most of the two shrubs.


I have just purchased this Salix, Can I plant it in the garden now (early February) or should I keep it in a cool greenhouse in a pot until Spring. It is in a small pot and is about 10 ins high

Essex girl

Yes, these plants are fully hardy, so the best place for them is out in the garden. Do make sure however before you plant that the soil is neither waterlogged or frozen.


Could this be grown in a pot and if so, what height and width do you think it would reach? Many thanks, FR


Hello there Ideally this plant would be better planted in the ground as salix like deep, moist soil which long term it won't get in a pot. As this plant is still quite young in a 3lt pot, you could start it off in a deep pot for a year or so, but then I would plant it out into the garden into a deep soil, that isn't going to dry out but is well drained in full sun.


i recently purchased a 'Salix gracilistyla Mount Aso' the green leaves are starting to turn yellow is there anything i can do to stop this.


Hello, There will always be a few of the older leaves turning yellow as the plant puts on new growth, however if it is significant yellowing, then this is usually a result of either a lack of water, or not enough fertiliser.


is salix gracilostyla dioecious? If so can I specify which one to get - male with catkins, please??


Hello, These species are dioecious, but the cultivar we sell ('Mount Aso') is a male plant.


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