Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki' aka Dappled Willow

scarlettmx5(z8 WA Smky Pt)June 20, 2006

I just love the foliage on this tree/shrub, and have been doing a lot of researching to figure out if this would be appropriate for my yard (in a mixed bed/border)/zone (7). There doesn't seem to be any consensus.... Does anyone have this? Tree or shrub form? How tall/wide does it get (I've read 4-20' high and wide!)? Any drawbacks? Thank you!

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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Does anyone not have this? One place I drive by has shrub form ones in front of a blue Atlas cedar. Looks pretty good. High grafts can arch and hang eventually, producing a weeping effect. Issues I have seen are burning of the white portions of the leaf--a search of this site might turn up multiple posts about this as well--and an at least occasional problem with some plants becoming less variegated over time.

Being a willow it wants full sun and damp soil. Being partly white it burns in full sun.

Snohomish is in USDA 8. 7 corresponds to the mountain climate, out past Gold Bar.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2006 at 9:18PM
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Mary Palmer

We have several of these planted underneath a grove of Jacquemontii Birches where I work. They are maybe 6-8 feet wide and about 5 feet tall. We have others we sell that are allowed to become small trees and others are still small shrubs. All wonderful!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2006 at 12:23AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

It's a shrub by nature, tree shape is acheived by grafting onto stem of another kind of willow. All dappled willow same clone.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2006 at 3:04AM
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scarlettmx5(z8 WA Smky Pt)

Thank you for the tips! I live in Snohomish County, north of Everett. I got Zone 7 by putting my zip code into the Gardenweb "zone finder". Is the "zone finder" one of those things I should take with a grain of salt (or dirt)?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2006 at 2:32PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Yes, it puts me in Zone 7 also. I'm probably about 1/4 mile from Puget Sound.

Here is a link that might be useful: Washington Zone Map

    Bookmark   June 21, 2006 at 3:11PM
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trolley_molly

I love this plant! Nishiki willow survives even in zone 4, although it loses much of its variegation after a particularly cold winter. In the colder area of zone 7 where I live it really thrives. It can grow to be quite large but you want to prune it hard to ensure lots of new growth every year because the new wood is where the good colors are. Some people prune it all the way back (while dormant) to about 12" above ground every 3 years; others prefer to remove about 1/3 of the wood every year. I did it the first way last year and I don't care for the result--too much regrowth. I held off cutting anything out this year and next January will try removing ~1/3 of the branches. By the way, if you want lots of Nishiki willows, just stick the cuttings in the ground and they will root out over the course of the next growing season.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2006 at 8:53PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

If you live in the colder area of Zone 7 (in western WA) you must be located someplace like the ski village at Snoqualmie summit. Most western WA gardeners are in Zone 8.

If you have a Sunset WESTERN GARDEN BOOK look at the western WA zone map on page 36, to a certain extent the Sunset climate zones correspond to the USDA hardiness zones in this instance--apparently similar data was used--but the Sunset map is more accurate and easier to read. For the most part (in western WA):

Sunset 1A = USDA 7

Sunset 4, 5 = USDA 8

    Bookmark   June 21, 2006 at 9:03PM
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Mary Palmer

WOW, I just checked out that Washington state zone map and it has the entire Olympic mountain range in zone 8a. I haven't been there for a while. Things sure change!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2006 at 10:06AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Yes, that part of the USDA map is a joke--as are many others. Doesn't put Snohomish in Zone 7, however. Unless the town has been moved to the mountains.

The common mistake is to think if you have 0-10 degrees F once in awhile you are in Zone 7. That's not how it works. 0-10 degrees F is the average minimum temperature for Zone 7, not the absolute minimum temperature.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2006 at 1:10PM
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springer_mom

HiI am a newbie to this. We have a Salix integra. Is it safe to transplant to a new area now? We planted it 2 years ago. I live in Western pa. Thanks in advance.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2007 at 12:29PM
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ian_wa(Sequim)

That looks like the 1990 map, not the latest one. The 1990 one puts my garden in Olympia in zone 7b, though it hasn't been below 20 degrees there in 9 years. I don't think the Olympic Mts are all zone 8a, but I've been surprised to find some interesting things growing there at quite high altitudes.

This year I've seen two other dappled willows similar but slightly different from 'Hakuro Nishiki'. One has greyish leaves and is quite attractive.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2007 at 12:42PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Probably one that is becoming less variegated, at least for the moment. The base color is grayish green.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2007 at 3:07PM
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lazygardener(z8 OR ,Bverton)

I have been able to grow 3 of them from cuttings even without RH. The 3rd one I have just started trying to shape a tree form. Has anyone tried this ? Will it work ?

-LG

    Bookmark   May 22, 2007 at 3:43PM
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ian_wa(Sequim)

I've seen three distinct cultivars at the same retailer, and all from the same grower (Hines), I just can't remember the names. One was more distinctive from 'Hakuro Nishiki' (much greyer) than the other one.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2007 at 9:13PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I've seen a second name used, but not three yet. Not at all clear there is more than one plant involved. Haven't looked at numerous examples or done any other research, didn't notice the second name until recently.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2007 at 10:31PM
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cascadians

The nishiki willow is one we put in a creeklet and it's survived well. It had trouble adjusting to the standing water at first, but this spring has come back with a flourish. I didn't prune it at all because I didn't want to traumatize it in its first year in this wet yard. Next January I'll prune it down 1/3 as recommended above. Perhaps there will still be a spot in the creeklets to put the cuttings; this is a lovely bush!

Here's mine as it just started getting the pink blush at tip ends:

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    Bookmark   May 22, 2007 at 10:44PM
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ltrtthomas

Hello. My name is ron I,am kind of new to this I just brought four of the willow dappled.I,am not going to put them in to the ground until the spring will they survive the winter.I,am in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin any information would helpful.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2007 at 11:10AM
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gardengal48

Since this willow is borderline hardy for you (zones 5-8 and you're in 5), waiting until spring to plant is a good idea :-)) A garage or cold basement or other cool area that remains at or above freezing should be good for winter storage. The plant is dormant now and really doesn't require any light, so that is not a factor. You may need to check on watering from time to time throughout the winter. You don't want the soil to dry completely but neither do you want it too moist - barely damp to the touch should do it.

Here is a link that might be useful: cultural info on dappled willows

    Bookmark   November 19, 2007 at 1:28PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I've seen some top-grafted ones in local gardens this year that were really quite nice, the cascading effect resulting from putting them up on a stem that elevates the crown of the willow quite an enhancement.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2007 at 6:04PM
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de4axe

I planted two dappled willows this summer, and they are tall and thin. I am worried about the heavy Wisconsin snows breaking them. Should I cut them back early winter or wait until spring?

    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 5:16PM
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lynne0755

Love these "trees" I have about 8 of these. 7 I planted from bare root just stix that have grown to about 3 feet then willow down gracefully. I have trained them to be tree like. Doing very well. The first one I received two years ago this May.It also has been trained into a tree form with three trunks each about 3 inches around and about 10 feet tall to where they willow so gracefully. I feel water is very important to them.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2008 at 7:38PM
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fremar(5)

The leaves on this plant are turning brown what am I doing wrong? not all of them just a few what does it need? more water or fertizlizer is miracle grow ok? since I live in zone 5 when is the best time to prune it?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 4:00PM
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trees4you

How do you make a dappled willow shrub into a a dappled willow tree? Any information would be GREAT!!! Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 14, 2010 at 2:56PM
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oh, i like the part of the thread when its 2007 and someone cursed the weather. "it hasn't been below 20 degrees in olympia in 9 years!".

gee thanks!

    Bookmark   July 14, 2010 at 4:58PM
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hemnancy(z8 PNW)

Paghat turned hers into a multi-limbed tree, see link.

I just got one of these, but am also trying to grow more natives instead of introduced plants, so a conflict of interest. Oh well, they are lovely.

Here is a link that might be useful: paghat

    Bookmark   July 14, 2010 at 5:37PM
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queenc723_bex_net

what makes the ends have a pinkish tip? Is this the flowering part in spring or just new leaves? Will the pink tips eventually go green? Thanks

    Bookmark   August 11, 2010 at 2:37PM
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ataramac_gmail_com

I just planted five dappled willows in tree form, hoping they would grow to their maximum height. After the landscaper planted them, I noticed that the center stalk had been cut, I assume to limit their height. Can I continue to cut lower limbs to coax them higher?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 8:12PM
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