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Japanese variegated willow

Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki'

SAY-liks in-TEG-rah

The branches of this shrub are slightly upright, taking a softer fountain shape as they lengthen. The leaves are mottled in shades of white, pink, and green, maturing to green and cream. Stems turn a striking red.

CarePrune in early spring or late fall to maintain white-and-pink variegation. Cut back in July to keep it small. Grow in average soil and full sun.

PropagationTake softwood cuttings in spring or hardwood cuttings in winter. This plant roots very easily.


  • Genus : Salix
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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  1. jaylewinter 06/07/2014

    is the japanese willow deer reistant

  2. user-7007407 03/05/2015

    Will frost harm newly pruned Salic Nakuru-nishiki

    1. madsfaustpedersen 05/19/2015

      No, have had it in my garden for 4 years now. Take even freezing cold winters like a charm. Actually seems to bloom even better in spring after a cold winter.

  3. user-7007786 08/24/2015

    I planted mine in a tub in 'shrub & tree' compost in May, but it now looks quite sickly. I wonder if I water it too much or not enough and whether I should use rain water?

  4. user-7008027 04/14/2016

    I just bought this shrub because the tag said morning sun. Now, reading this site, it says full sun. Has anyone tried it in morning sun? Puzzled.

    1. user-7008648 06/13/2017

      Mine came with the new house, but it was planted in full sun and is now under some trees (unknown kind) that have grown up over it. It seems to be fine so far. This winter there was more snow than usual and it seems to have liked that too. (We are in Washington near the Canadian border, west coast)

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