Even though snow and ice is all around us, it is prime season for a wonderful botanical called Salix or commonly know as Pussy Willow. Fresh cut pussy willow has hit the East coast in force. The woody branches are sometimes velvety and house tiny oval pointed buds. This bud developes into flowers which are soft silky silvery catkins. They are born in early spring before the new leaves appear, with the male and female catkins on different plants (dioecious) or plant sexuality; the male catkins mature yellow at pollen release.