Salix 'Hakuro Nishiki' Description
Salix Hakuro Nishiki is a colorful and fast growing hedge plant or shrub for the back of the perennial border. In spring, bright new foliage turns a stunning combination of pink, white & green.
Hakuro Nishiki Japanese willow thrives in full sun vigorously growing to 6' tall and wide. Trim back by 1/3 in early spring to promote more intense color and keep a compact habit.
The tri-colored leaves on this favorite shrub combines with a variety of plants like ornamental grasses, long-blooming Knock Out roses, and flowering shrubs.
Special features: Cold hardy, Color change, Cut foliage, Fast growing, Fall color, Foliage interest, Multi-seasonal interest, Season extender, Variegated
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- Botanical name:
Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki
- Common name:
- Sun exposure:
Sun to part shade
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- Height x width:
6' x 6'
- Flower color:
- Foliage color:
Pink, White, & Green
- Bloom season:
Accent, Container gardening, Cottage gardening, Massing, Ornamental, Specimen
- Cannot ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:None
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Soil: Prefers moist, fertile, well drained soils. Slightly acidic to alkaline pH is preferred, from 5.6 - 7.8 . It will tolerate poor soil, somewhat sandy soil or clay soil, but may not produce ideal growth and color. Thrives in moist soils, but will tolerate drier conditions once established better than many other willows.
Light: Full sun, part sun or part shade. Best color is produced in full sun. In zones with hotter summers, the dappled willow will not tolerate prolonged heat, so is best planted in part sun or part shade, and watered weekly. Afternoon shade will protect your dappled willow from the hottest sun of the day in warm climates.
Water: Will do fine if the soil is occasionally wet. Do not over water, just try to maintain a regular water schedule by supplementing rainfall. Do not allow willow to dry out completely between watering for best health. Make sure your dappled willow receives consistent water in its first year while it establishes a good, deep, root system. It will also want consistent water during its spring growing season.
Spacing: 5 - 7 ft
Fertilizing: Feed with a balanced general, or slow release fertilizer very early in spring before any growth begins. Somewhat heavy fertilization will help maintain foliage color, but don't overdo it. Just be sure to fertilize each and every spring, being somewhat more generous than you would for other low maintenance shrub.
Winterizing: No special care going into winter. Pruning should be done late winter/early spring.
Maintenance & pruning: Handles pruning and shearing very well, to either promote good color, or maintain a manageable size. Pruning should be done while dormant, in either early winter or very early spring before catkins appear, and any growth begins. You may hard prune it down to about 12" every few years, which will produce a lot of regrowth and a very dense plant. If you prefer a more open and natural, graceful form, simply remove up to one third of the branches down to the ground each year or two. By thinning rather than shearing you will have an 8-10 feet tall and wide, elegant fountain of gorgeous variegated foliage. Or shear as needed to maintain size, or every 4-6 weeks to produce new colorful growth.
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