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'Pussywillows in Bloom'
photo by Paul Perry
February 04, 2005
Ketchikan, Alaska - It might as well be spring - at least for
the Pussywillows! In and around Ketchikan the Pussywillows are
in bloom. This plant can be either a small tree or shrub, growing
up to 30 feet. Its catkin buds bloom in February to May, and
are small, gray and woolly. This is a favorite tree to see, as
it means that springtime is coming.
Known as being one of the first
plants to bloom in the spring, the milder temperatures in the
Ketchikan area have apparently teased the Pussywillows into blooming
- unless that is of course the Pussywillow is a reliable predictor
of an early spring coming.
This Pussywillow was photograph
along South Tongass Wednesday. Pussywillows have also been seen
in bloom this week as far as mile 14 North Tongass Highway.
Paul Perry ©2005
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