Salix integra 'Flamingo'
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10 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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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
Take softwood cuttings in summer and hardwood cuttings in early winter.
Special features of Flamingo Willow
This beautiful shrub can be planted as hedge or decorative screen.
It's leaves turn a beautiful orange red colour before dropping.
Young plants can be grown in large containers for a few years.
In spring male and female catkins, 1 to 2.5cm in length appear on bare stems on different plants.
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.