A Pussy Willow Tree Tale

A Pussy Willow Tree Tale

Walking through the front greenhouse at Hyannis Country Garden this morning, I spied the small pussy willow trees. We frequently have these for sale in the early spring, Some people display them on their kitchen tables as a sign that winter will come to an end soon. Others give them as gifts or even save them to plant outdoors in a fairy garden or miniature landscape; because the weeping part of these trees are grafted on a short trunk, they don’t grow much taller, but will grow wider over time.

These small, weeping trees are fun to display indoors right now. They can be planted in larger pots and left outside for the future.

These small trees caught my eye this morning because I remembered a time over 20 years ago when one of these plants was given to me as a gift. It was included in a miniature spring garden that Marsha Potash put together, and after the rest of the seasonal plants faded, the small tree was still in good shape. I transplanted it into a larger pot, and displayed it in the yard where it lived for over 15 years. The form was lovely in the summer and fall, and I loved how the weeping form looked when covered with a dusting of snow each winter. And of course, every spring when the pussy willows returned it made me smile.

My small tree lived in this plastic pot for years. The trunk never grew much taller, but the spread of the weeping branches did.

I lost the tree two years ago…probably due to a dry summer and my lack of regular watering. But for many years it gave me such pleasure! Should you receive such a plant as a gift, or decide to get one as a present for yourself, know that you can grow this for many years, either in the ground or in a container.

Winter will come to an end soon.

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