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Zone: 3-8

Height:  5-6 m (15-20 ft) maintain desired size with pruning

Spread:  5-6 m (15-20 ft)

Growth:  natural shape is a large, round, multi-stemmed shrub.  Shaping is easy with late winter pruning which stimulates rapid growth in spring.  The new stems are brilliant orange/pink, becoming very ornamental with tricolour semi-weeping foliage (white, coral/pink, bright green), that changes through the season. 

Light:  Full sun to shade (nice in the understory of dark trees)

Water:  Tolerates wet and irregular moisture

Soil:  Tolerates variable soil

Garden location:  Feature plant, hedge, understory, near water

Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki' (Dappled willow)

  • The Hakuro Nishiki or Dappled willow was created for Japanese gardens.  Its pruned form and colourful stems provide great winter interest.  As a group, willows are highly utilitarian (basketry, wattle and daub construction).  The bark contains a natural aspirin and a "tea" from this contains a plant growth stimulant that helps cuttings root.