How to plant Salix integra Hakuro Nishiki

Updated March 23, 2017

Salix integra Hakuro Nishiki is a deciduous shrub that thrives in full sun to partial shade and moist soil. Sometimes called the dappled willow, it is also available in tree form. This plant is prized for its colourful foliage that turns from pink in the spring to white and green in the summer and then yellow in the autumn. After the leaves fall, in the winter, the stems of the plant turn red. When planning where to plant Hakuro Nishiki, keep in mind that, when mature, its width can range from 1.2 m to 3 m (4 feet to 10 feet).

Break up and loosen the soil with the shovel, to a depth of about 15 cm (6 inches).

Add 5 cm (2 inches) of compost or other organic material and work it into existing soil with the shovel.

Dig a hole that is about 5 cm (2 inches) wider than the container holding the plant. The hole does not need to be deep.

Remove the plant from the container, being careful to keep the root ball intact, and loosen the soil around the roots.

Place the plant in the prepared hole, spreading the roots outward. The base of the plant should be level with the surrounding soil. Fill the hole with the amended soil and add a 2.5 cm (1 inch) layer of mulch around the base.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Leaf or bark mulch
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