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Dappled Willow will bring a joyful pop of color to your landscape with its cheerful pink, white, and green variegated foliage. This fast-growing Accent will quickly fill out to become the star of your entryway garden, patio area, or poolside plantings. If you favor clean lines and manicured landscapes, you can easily shear its foliage into a tight globe shape, and if you prefer a more informal look, you can let it take a more free-flowing, natural rounded form. The choice is yours with this handsome, colorful, and adaptable Accent!
You probably wouldn’t look twice if you saw this plant clothed in its usual green color in the wilds of Korea and Japan. This selection, however, is a jaw-dropper. Simply calling its pink/white/green foliage variegated would be an injustice, so the Japanese named it Hakuro-, meaning “white dew,” Nishiki, meaning “a beautiful combination of colors”—in reference to intricate Japanese tapestries made in days past. The Japanese had been growing this beaut for some time when Dutch plantsman Harry Van Der Laar brought it to the West’s attention in 1979.
Grow Dappled Willow next to plants with red or purple foliage or evergreens with deep green leaves to create more drama. The contrast will make its bright, lively variegation stand out even more.
How to Grow
Dappled Willow is a fast grower with the most exciting foliage color of any Willow. Best color isin full sun; if planted in shade, the leaves will fade to green. Keep the soil moist but not wet. Dappled Willow appreciates a high-rate application of fertilizer in the fall. Fertilizing only needs to be done once a year for the first few years that it is planted in your landscape. Don’t be afraid to prune! You may prune aggressively three or four times during the season. The older foliage tends to turn plain green—keeping it trimmed will provide you with more of that great dappledfoliage.
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