July 24, 2017

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Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki' - Dappled willow

Janine Pineo Photo | Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ – Dappled willow

Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ provides color in every season. Japanese dappled willow has red stems in the winter, and when the leaves emerge in spring, they are tinged pink, maturing into white and green. New leaf growth on the branch tips is also blushed pink.  In the fall, the foliage turns yellow. Beyond the color is a deciduous shrub that forms arching branches as it matures. The plant usually grows between 5 and 7 feet in height but can go even bigger if left unpruned. Hardy to Zone 5, dappled willow is like most of the willow family, thriving in moist soils. It likes full sun, but the variagation is more pronounced in the shade.