for Spring 2018
Salix xleucopithecia 'Rabbit's Foot'
(gracilistyla x caprea)
Rabbit's Foot Willow
This is an extraordinary selection of Salix x leucopithecia 'Winter Glory' with larger, rabbit's foot shaped catkins. It was found and named by Dr. Julia Kuzovkina at Klyn Nurseries Inc., in Perry Ohio. Bill Hendricks, the owner of Klyn's, kindly shared cuttings with me in March 2016; they rooted well and grew lustily so now we can offer them for sale. It has all the other great attributes of Salix 'Winter Glory': namely free-flowering, very early male flowers and attractive foliage. I'll get photos of the foliage and catkin buds, this spring and summer. Hardy to Zone 4.
USES: a superb cut stem, one suggestion: when they are fully expanded to the look you want do not put in water and they will last for years. I have one pussy willow that looks the same as when I brought it in four years ago (OK, the catkins are a little dusty)!
I apologize for the sparsity of this page. I was in such a rush to share it with fellow willow lovers, I hadn't remembered to take photos in 2017 when it first grew in the nursery.
This is why this was called 'Rabbit's Foot'. Cutest willow we offer, kids will love it.
of Michael Dodge