Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki'
Full sun, Partial sun
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
|Botanical Pronunciation||SAY-liks in-te-GRA|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide; maintain at 6 to 10 ft. with pruning.|
|Bloom Time||Showy catkins in spring linger through fall.|
|Design Ideas||This beauty emerges out of the gardens of Japan where it was bred for its unique semi-weeping 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.|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Contemporary|
|Landscape Use||Border, Hedge, Specimen, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Dramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Tolerates Wet Soils, Fast Growing, Tolerates Road Salt|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Forsythia (Forsythia); Dogwood (Cornus); Bee Balm (Monarda); Clethra (Clethra); Turtlehead (Chelone)|
Easy to grow; thrives in moist, enriched soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Apply fertilizer in spring. Foliage is most colorful on new growth; prune once or twice during growing season for a flush of colorful new foliage.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9