Hello. Has anyone had any experience with this tree? How fast does it grow? Are the roots Invasive? Its health in general? Any info you feel that is important.
Thanks so much Judy
The Hakuru Nikishi Willow is a well behaved plant. It's much more treated as a shrub than a tree. As far as health, I'm no expert but I haven't heard much problems associated with this tree.
I planted a tree form of dappled willow a couple of years ago and it is thriving. I have it in full sun and only added fresh compost to the planting hole. I have had to cut off a couple of sucker starts on the lower trunk as the dapple willow is grafted onto the main trunk or something(read about about in other posts and this made sense because the new shoots had much different leaves). Its one of my favorite plants in the garden.
I purchased a small, 12-inch dappled willow shrub at a nursery in September 08 which I proceeded to train as a standard or tree-form.
It's presently about 4 feet tall and I intend (hopefully) to train it to about 8 feet tall.
My next-door neighbor has 2 beautiful specimen (tree forms) which are about 12 feet tall. I thought they were slow-growing or had reached their full height because it seems they.ve been that tall for the past couple of years. However, while speaking with him the other week, he informed me that he prunes off about a foot or more each year so they won't get too tall.
Very beautiful trees.
dianasan, your information is very timely. A friend wanted to get one of these plants but she didn't want to buy the standards since these are grafted plants. I mentioned that these can be trained into trees from shrubs but I didn't know how long it would take to get there.
I totally agree - these are excellent plants and they do have that 'spark' that makes it shine out.
ianna, you have to be very patient, but I love the challenge. It's looking good so far.
dianasan, I'm very patient. I do bonsai and topiaries. A 2-3 year wait is nothing for me and I love to prune.
BTW - I got so interested in this plant I went out and bought a shrub of my own. I've just planted it out today after I removed much of its branches to begin the training process into a tree.
With your experience, I'm sure the tree will be beautiful, ianna.
I've always wanted to create a bonsai, bought lots of containers and books on the subject, but never actually got around to doing it. Maybe in a few years when I have more time.
I started when I was very young and naive -- 14 years I think. Some trees I grew from seeds, some from cuttings. Sadly I had leave them behind when I migrated but they are still well taken cared of. I give them prunings and root prunnings when I go back every few years. It is an involved process so it does take commitment. Over here I tried to get back into it but like what you said, time is an issue. Plus I need the proper space to put the plants in and the proper protection from winter. So for the meantime I'm just doing topiaries.
ThatÂs very impressive, ianna. Bonsai really is an art and you seem to have a real talent. It must have been hard to leave your ÂbabiesÂ behind.
I planted a dappled willow standard last year. It was in poor health at the time but made it through winter and was very healthy until recently.I've noticed the tip of the leaves are turning brown once they change to pink (from green). We've had more rain than normal for the season - could this be the cause? If not, any idea what's causing this and how to remedy? Also, I was surprised to see the leaves are light pink while the ones in the neighbourhood are bright pink - could this be because it's a standard and not a tree? Thank you for your advice.
stella - the light pink is normal. I noticed my plant (newly planted) had a little browning episode but has since recovered. It too has light pink and white foliage. Is your tree still browning up and is it shriveling?
The standards are usually grafted ones. You will see a graft union right at the base of the crown. If this part is damaged, like some splits or insect infestations, these could cause the top to be affected. So this is the area to protect in winter.
I cannot comment on tree forms - because sometimes these can also be from standards or from a shrub that was developed into a tree (which is what I am doing).
Continue to observe it. Give it some fertilizers for trees and shrubs. or some good compost and composted manure. I think it will do okay.
My little dappled willow shrub that I'm grooming into a tree has some browning too, as do my neighbor's two 12-foot trees.
As ianna said, I think the browning after the pink is normal.
Good afternoon! I also have had a dappled willow, bush form, in my front foundation area for about a year and a half now. It's quite healthy (north east exposure) but I would love to keep it more "tree-like" It has so many off-shoots, I really wouldn't know where to start...any help in how to begin this process would be appreciated :)
describe 'tree-like'. Do you mean a lollipop form? For this you'd have to identify a main trunk or a trunk you selected to be the main trunk. Second, remove all side branches up to the point the crown begins. Then for the crown, trim all the top to form a large ball. maintain this form every few months during the growing season.
My willow is now about 7 feet tall. I almost started crying when I looked out the window this morning after last night's severe thunderstorms. There was my little willow completely flattened and lying beneath an eight-foot cast aluminum plant stand.
I ran outside, lifted off the plant stand and pulled up my tree. Amazingly, it's still in one piece and standing upright.
As they say...
The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak that resists it.