Salix 'Mount Aso'
Salix 'Mount Aso'
Japanese Pink Pussy Willow

Salix 'Mount Aso'

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Most people plant Salix gracilistyla 'Mount Aso' for the utterly charming catkins that appear in the late winter, early spring. These are the softest of pinks with a grey fuzzy texture, as soft as mink; it is at once pretty and irresistibly tactile, and hugely cheering at the end of winter.


This hardy, deciduous shrub is perfect for the back of a sunny border. It will not take over and its delicate foliage with silvery grey undersides provides a delightful foil for herbaceous summer flowers. (In case you were wondering, Mount Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan, last erupted in 2016.)

  • Catkins end of winter, beginning of spring
  • Fully hardy
  • All soil types
  • South, East or West facing
  • Full sun

Grow in moist but well drained soil, in full sun. Minimum pruning required.