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Information on Dappled Willow Shrubs

By Melody Lee ; Updated September 21, 2017

The variegated pink, white and green foliage of a Dappled Willow shrub (Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’) adds a spark of color and interest to a garden. Yellow fall foliage and red winter stems continue the show throughout the year. They can be used in a mixed shrub border, a perennial border, in a mass or as accent plants.

Description

Dappled Willow shrubs have a spreading starburst shape while young, but develop a drooping fountain shape as they mature. They usually grow 4 to 6 feet tall and wide, but can grow up to 10 feet tall.

The mottled green and white foliage of Dappled Willows turns salmon pink in late spring or early summer. The leaves turn golden yellow and remain on the shrubs until late fall. Yellow catkins appear in the spring before the leaves bud out.

Culture

Dappled Willow shrubs are hardy in USDA Zones 5 to 8, but they will have better foliage color where summers are cooler. They grow in full sun to partial shade and need regular moisture.

Pruning in spring allows the shrubs to develop the best leaf color in summer and twig color in winter. Remove any limbs that have entirely green foliage to prevent the whole plant from reverting to solid green. To encourage dense growth, cut the limbs back to 12 inches tall. For a more open plant, remove a third of the oldest limbs each year.

Pests

Numerous pests attack Dappled Willow shrubs, such as aphids, beetles, borers, caterpillars, lace bugs and scale insects.

Diseases

Dappled Willow shrubs are susceptible to frequent fungal and bacterial diseases, including blights, cankers, crown galls, leaf spots, powdery mildew, rust and scabs.

Other Names

Dapples Willows are also called Dappled Japanese Willows and Variegated Willows. They may be labeled as ‘Hakuro Hishiki’, Fuji Nishiki’, ‘Fuji Koriangi’, ‘Albomarginata’ or ‘Albo-maculata’.

 

About the Author

 

Melody Lee holds a degree in landscape design, is a Florida Master Gardener, and has more than 30 years of gardening experience. She currently works as a writer and copy editor. Her previous jobs include reporter, photographer and editor for a weekly newspaper.