Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki', commonly known as Japanese Variegated Willow, is a small deciduous tree that can be used for bonsai. It has graceful ornamental foliage with a mature height of 10-20 ft. This variety of willow is considered to be cold hardy in USDA Zones 5-9 and prefers full sun to semi-shade.
This plant requires regular water, but not too much wetness. Watering can be reduced when the leaves drop during winter dormancy. It is best to water the soil deeply and then allow it to dry slightly between waterings.
This variety of willow is a great choice for gardeners living in colder regions. When grown in a pot, it should spend the winter indoors as temperatures drop. During the summer months, it should be placed outdoors in full sun or semi-shade to enjoy the full beauty of the mottled shades of white, pink, and green on the leaves and a striking red on the stems. Keep the soil moist, but not overly wet, and make sure to prune regularly to maintain shape and size.
If you love the beauty of ornamental foliage, the Japanese Variegated Willow is a stunning choice for your garden. With the right soil and growing conditions, this small tree is sure to provide a vibrant touch of color to any outdoor space.