Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki'
Common name: Dappled Willow, Variegated Willow
Description: small shrub; 2 m (6'); young leaves are variegated, mostly white with pink and green
Ideal conditions: full sun; moist or dry soil
Coldest Zone: 4
This shrub makes a beautiful hedge. If kept trimmed the new pink leaves will be abundant.
For the best showing of this shrub you can cut these back to almost ground level before they come out of dormancy in the spring. The new growth will start as a marbled pink & white color.
Each cutting will have at least 4 viable buds on it. To plant them all you need to do is stick them in the ground or a pot. You can do this any time that the ground is not frozen. Make sure that the buds are pointing up and push them all the way in. If you push them in with the buds pointing down they will die. The top bud is all that should be sticking out of the dirt. Mulch them well and make sure they don't dry out. They will wake up and start growing when it is time, they will know when. You can keep them trimmed to shape as they grow.
These plants are dormant. If you get these cuttings and the ground is frozen or if you don't have time to plant now you can put them in a ziplock bag as soon as you receive them and put them in the freezer. When you are ready just take them out and stick them in a pot or the ground they will come out of dormancy when it is time. The roots and the leaves will grow at the same time when the temperature is right.
We are just now starting to add specialty products to our planting list. Local sales of this type of product kept it from being a feasible option until we found the local harvest storefront. At this time we have very few specialty products to offer. Our plans are to add as many as possible in the coming year.