Description: A real show stopper! Bright pink shoots which open to creamy white and green variegated leaves. Heavy fertilization will maintain it's color.This shrub can also be trained into a small tree and can usually be found in shrub and tree form. Catkins bloom on the stems of this plant in early April. Grows 12-18" per year. (tree form shown below ↓)Bloom Color: Yellow Bloom Time: Spring Foliage Color: Green, silvery and variegated; yellow fall color Height: 10-15' Spread: 15-20'
The plant: This deciduous shrub produces foliage with green, pink and creamy-white variegation. The delicate catkins that appear in spring are followed by bright pink shoots which open to mottled leaves. In winter the bare stems are reddish. 'Hakuro-nishiki' is sometimes grafted onto a single stem to form a standard (tree form). Most often, the cultivar is sold as a shrub. The solid green Salix integra is native to Japan and is a shrub with pendulous shoots. 'Hakuro-nishiki' should reach a height of five feet with a spread of four feet and is hardy to USDA Zone 5. In Jarvis' garden, this lovely willow has grown into a huge plant, at least twice or three times as large as advertised. How to use it: Plant as a specimen (by itself) or in a shrub border. A dark evergreen backdrop would show off the winter color and the bright foliage of late spring. Jarvis has planted 'Hakuro-nishiki' on the bank of his lotus pond. Cultivation: Site in full sun. Cut back in early spring to encourage good foliage color. Source: Joy Creek Nursery