• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide; maintain at 6 to 10 ft. with pruning.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SAY-liks in-te-GRA
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide; maintain at 6 to 10 ft. with pruning.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    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.
    Companion PlantsForsythia (Forsythia); Dogwood (Cornus); Clethra (Clethra); Bee Balm (Monarda); Turtlehead (Chelone)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easy to grow; thrives in moist, enriched soils. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Supplement during dry periods. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. New growth is most colorful; shear once or twice during growing season to promote a fresh flush of foliage.Pruning time: winter; may be pruned vigorously to maintain smaller size..
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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.