I am among the gardeners that have fallen in love with this spectacular shrub for a variety of reasons. It grows quickly, gracefully and bushes out fully like a living fountain which dances gently in the wind! It is also bursting with brilliant color variation! It is easily pruned and controlled and rarely is damaged as it’s supple branches are so flexible It looks great blended in with a variety of other plants. It always seems to be healthy and happy.
It’s other name is Dappled Willow because it makes your garden landscape come alive in three eye catching shades in one elegant shrub: pink, white and soft green! As it bushes out in spring its’ young shoots emerge in vivid pink and the older leaves remain dappled in light green and white. This lasts for a few weeks starting just before early summer. But if this plant is cared for and given bimonthly/ monthly trims the color can continue well into midsummer. The dynamic shades will become more vibrant with good quality fertilization. It does well in wet soils or near water sources such as lakes streams or ponds. It also looks great in large pots to greet visitors to your home or to decorate your backyard living space. It does not grow larger but just bushes out more and more with very little effort. I recently made a hedge out of these plants for a little something different in a client’s garden landscape and it looks superb!
There are two added bonuses on top of the compelling leaf colors: yellow slender catkins that appear in spring before the pink leaves sprout and the striking red stems that shine in a snowy winter landscape. These two bonuses make this shrub all around crowd pleaser.
If pink is not your thing try another Japanese willow plant: Salix integer ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ which is a subtler version of the same beautiful healthy plant and is the mother of the Flamingo.