All About The Hakuro Nishiki Willow
By Shannon C
, last updated June 15, 2011
If you are researching trees to plant in your landscape, you should know about the Hakuro Nishiki willow. The Hakuro Nishiki willow, also known as the "dappled willow" or Salix integra, is a deciduous small ornamental tree that can also be successfully grown as an ornamental shrub. Other common nicknames include the variegated willow, the dappled Japanese willow, Albomarginata, Fuijiki Koreangi, and Fuiji Nishiki. All of these refer to the same small tree.
The Hakuro Nishiki willow will grow well and easily in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 through 9, producing delicate pink, white and green foliage in variegated formations. One lovely characteristic of willow trees is that they leaf out before many other trees each spring, providing early visual interest. In fall, visual interest continues, as foliage turns yellow with the cooler temperatures. In winter, the stems will turn a deep reddish color, rendering the Hakuro Nishiki willow lovely even when it is leafless.
Growing Requirements for the Hakuro Nishiki Willow Tree
The Hakuro Nishiki willow can grow in partial to full sunlight, and can grow in wet or dry soil, but requires moist soil while the young willow is being established. The Hakuro Nishiki willow prefers soil that ranges between slightly alkaline to acidic with a pH range of 5.6 to 7.8. Mature trees are much hardier than young specimens so care should be taken to shield a growing Hakuro Nishiki willow from excessive heat, drought, or heavy clay soils.
Caring for the Hakuro Nishiki Willow Tree
The Hakuro Nishiki willow tree will need consistent watering and fertilization as it grows. Pruning should be done during the winter dormant season or early in the spring before the tree starts to leaf out. Fertilizer should always be offered in spring before foliage appears. The Hakuro Nishiki willow tree can fall prey to a range of garden pests and fungal issues, which should be treated by removing infected foliage and applying appropriate pesticides or fungal soaps or sprays.