Salix Caprea

Salix Caprea 'Pendula'

Tree of Enchantment

The graceful weeping pussy willow is sometimes known as the tree of enchantment. It is connected with all that is feminine-dreaming, intuition, emotion, enchantment, healing and revitalization. The willow has long since been recognized as a sacred tree by poets, philosophers and religious leaders because of the flexibility of its twigs.

The willow’s flexibility symbolizes resilience and inspires us to move with life rather than resist what we are feeling. 

Legend has it that willow is bestowed with magical power capable of fulfilling wishes. For a wish to be granted, ask permission of the willow explaining your desire. 
Select a pliable shoot and tie a knot in it expressing your wish. When your wish is fulfilled, return and untie the knot. Remember to thank the willow for your gift.


Not Pet Friendly – Toxic to Pets, if consumed, according to ASPCA
Salix Caprea
Bright light.
Water well.
-20-25ºC (-4-77ºF). Cold hardy and can be grown outdoors in USDA zones 4-9.
Not for human consumption.
Pruning and Shaping
Salix caprea pendula is a grafted willow and may be pruned annually around June to maintain its compact appearance. When pruning, just be sure to trim only the trailing stems, without cutting the trunk. Cutting the trunk may remove the graft. All wild upright growing shoots should be removed from the stem. 
Soil and Repotting
Plant outside in spring after risk of frost has passed.
Silvery white catkins will appear followed by yellow stamens later in season.
Will grow to approximately 3ft high x 3ft wide with regular maintenance.
Plant Maintenance
Salix Caprea Pendula requires a well-draining, slightly acidic soil. Coconut coir is used as a soil additive for salix when grown indoors as it helps promote drainage while keeping the soil lightly moist.

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