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Care of a Japanese Variegated Willow Tree

Updated November 22, 2016

The Japanese variegated willow tree, also referred to as the Nishiki willow, is a rapid growing deciduous shrub that is an appropriate choice for planting along the edge of a pond or small stream.

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This shrub typically grows to a height of 3 to 6 feet with a spread of equal measure. Mottled lance-shaped leaves in shades of pink, green and white mature to cream and green. During early growth, branches grow in every direction. As the shrub ages, these branches begin to arch. Foliage yellows in the fall.

Planting Considerations

Japanese variegated willow trees are recommended for USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 through 8. Pruning them in late fall or early spring helps to maintain the best pink and white colour variegation. It also controls the size of the shrub.


This willow prefers full sun to partial shade. It adapts to several types of soil as long as it is well drained. However, for best results, keep the soil moist.

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