• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Fast growing 15-20 ft. tall and wide; maintain at 6-10 ft. with pruning.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Asian Garden
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Insignificant flowers in spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SAY-liks in-te-GRA
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Weeping
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing 15-20 ft. tall and wide; maintain at 6-10 ft. with pruning.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Insignificant flowers in spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    Design IdeasThis beauty emerges out of the gardens of Japan where it was bred for its unique semiweeping form and singular seasonal changes. It is an understory species of the shade garden, thriving under canopy trees both evergreen and deciduous. Its traditional use is beside streams and water features in Asian gardens where, like most willows, it is tolerant of perennial damp and seepage. The drooping form is considered a fluid accent for natural waterways. Cold hardiness makes these shrubs an ideal candidate for natural woodlands or combined with American natives with similar requirements for more varied early spring interest.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Salix integra is a species native to Japan and Korea, found in low lying areas in conjunction with streams, seeps and marshes. It is often classified among the basket willows as S. purpurea var. multinervis, so very little information is available under the standard species name. It is grouped into the Saliaceae with three hundred other species. This Japanese cultivar was introduced to the west by the great Dutch hosta breeder, Harry Van Der Laar in 1979.
    Lore:
    The entire clan of genus Salix has always been vital to the ethnobotany of cultures within its range. Long flexible whip-like growth is essential to basket making and the weaving of wattle fences. It is the primary material of early daub and wattle construction. Willow bark can also contain aspirin-like compounds, so these plants are an essential component of materia medica down through the ages, used by housewives and apothecaries alike.