Pussy Willow

Pussy Willow London

 

What a glorious day! The bees are buzzing and the buds are bursting. This willow in East London already has young furry catkins, and at this stage of development is known as pussy willow. Before the male catkins fully develop flowers they are covered in a downy layer of pale fur; the pussies. At all other times of year willow trees are referred to by their normal common name. The pussies appear ahead of the leaves and are an early indication of spring.

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