Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Salix integra (dappled willow) Hakura Nishiki

This beautiful small tree in our neighborhood has been in leaf for the past month. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

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Portland Pearl District Snaps

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Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki'
Dappled Willow

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'

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Dappled willow (Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki')

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


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