The Salix Integra Hakuro-Nishiki – yes it's quite a mouthful – is also known as the Dappled Willow and/or the Flamingo Tree. This attractive little plant is part of the willow family of flowering plants.
What makes this willow so unique are the striking green-white multi-coloured leaves, and pink buds in spring.
The Nishiki is related to the family of Willow trees.
Did you know that the willow tree is one of only a few trees that are capable of bending in bizarre poses without snapping?
One of the most valuable traits of the willow tree is its flexibility. This can be a reminder to let go, adapt and adjust with life rather than fighting it. Then after challenging conditions, you will thrive and grow again.
- It originated from Asia (Japan, China and Korea) and the far Southeast of Russia
- Is referenced in Celtic and Christian traditions, amongst others
- Can grow 2 – 6 meters tall
- Deer and flood resistant
- Attracts Pollinators like bees
You’ll be happy to know that this beautiful ornamental tree is easy to care for.
They grow quickly but remain relatively small in size and prefer sunnier conditions where its leaves’ patterns are intensified. However, they can grow well under canopy trees or slightly shadowed areas. Traditionally they are used beside streams and water features in Asian gardens. Young Willows must be watered regularly. Do not leave them dry. They can only endure short term periods of drought without a problem. Once your plant is older and settled with blooming, it will only need water during the nonstop hot days and drought.
It is important noting that even though they are relatively easy to care for, do make sure the soil is:
- rich in nutrients
- mixed with compost
- holds water well
Unfortunately, information regarding the Salix Integra Hakuro-Nishiki itself and fur babies is scarce. However, it is important to know that the bark of its’ family, Willow trees, is used to make aspirin which is toxic to both cats and dogs - more so cats who lack the ability to process the salicylic acid found in willow tree bark (and in aspirin).
Ingrini would like to give a big thank you to the following sources who provided very insightful information in order to write this post: