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Dappled Willow

Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki'

Also known as

Flamingo Willow, Shrimp Willow

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki' leaves
A close up of a Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki' shrub showing the pale pink new leaves above the white and green maturing leaves
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Dappled Willow Overview

This cultivar, Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki' is a deciduous shrub or small tree species, dependent on the size it reaches. 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 new leaves emerge a pale pink colour and mature to a predominantly green colour during the summer. 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. Occasionally called the Flamingo Japanese Willow which is actually a cultivated sport of the Dappled willow called Salix integra 'Flamingo' This cultivar has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Dappled Willow

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

How to harvest Dappled Willow

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

How to propagate Dappled Willow


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

Special features of Dappled 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 emerge a pale pink before fading white before maturing to green in summer.

Other uses of Dappled Willow

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