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A picture of a Flamingo Willow

Flamingo Willow

Salix integra 'Flamingo'

Also known as

Shrimp Willow

Photo by linds5 (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

2.5m

1.5m

Min

1.5m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Flamingo Willow
A Salix integra 'Flamingo', with its red, green and cream leaves, grown as a standard in a pot with a twisted stem.

Flamingo Willow Overview

Salix integra 'Flamingo' is a cultivated sport of Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki' (Dappled Willow) and is almost identical except it's leaves develop a tri-colour variegation of pale pink, creamy-white and green before they mature to predominately green in late summer. Commonly known by the names Flamingo Willow and Shrimp Willow. It is a deciduous shrub or small tree cultivar, whose branches tend to droop slightly at the tips and this cultivar grows approximately 2.5m tall and wide. It produces lance-shaped, narrow foliage measuring around 10cm in length. It's flowers are yellow catkins which are produced on bare stems in the spring, these stems typically turn an attractive orange-red in colour during the autumn.

Common problems with Flamingo Willow

Can be attacked by caterpillars, leaf beetles and sawflies and suffer from rust, canker and a willow anthracnose.

How to harvest Flamingo Willow

Generally not harvested but branches can be taken for floral arrangements if desired.

How to propagate Flamingo Willow

Cuttings

Take softwood cuttings in summer and hardwood cuttings in early winter.

Special features of Flamingo Willow

Hedge plant

This beautiful shrub can be planted as hedge or decorative screen.

Autumn colour

It's leaves turn a beautiful orange red colour before dropping.

Pot plant

Young plants can be grown in large containers for a few years.

Attractive flowers

In spring male and female catkins, 1 to 2.5cm in length appear on bare stems on different plants.

Attractive leaves

The new leaves emerging pink then turning a variegated pink creamy-white and green before maturing to green in summer.

Other uses of Flamingo Willow

This beautiful shrub suits being grown in urban city courtyards as well as in borders of informal cottage gardens.