Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki'
Description: A dwarf, weeping Japanese willow with narrow, lance-shaped leaves, emerging pink in spring, maturing to variegated shades of pink, creamy-white and green before turning predominantly green as the summer progresses. Yellow catkins are borne on bare stems in spring and the stems, particularly of the new growth, turn an orange-red colour in the autumn.
History: Introduced from Japan in 1979 by the Dutch botanist Harry van de Laar. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Salix Growing Tips: Suitable for damp places especially. Position to highlight winter sun on stems. Hard pruning in early spring is recommended of those grown for their winter stem colour.
Height and Spread (after 10 years): 2m x 2m