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D is for Dappled Willow


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Dappled Willow – Salix integra ‘Haruko Nishiki’

D is for Dappled Willow. A friend has a beautiful garden in front of her house that is enjoyed by the whole community. I watched the foliage a shrub that she planted turned cream and pink as it matured. Needless to say, when we started planting shrubs in our very wet new yard/garden I ran out to buy a dappled willow of my own.

Why did I especially want a Dappled Willow? First, Salix integra ‘Hakuru Nishiki,’ like all willows is very happy in a wet site. I have a very wet site.

Second, the dappling refers to the pink, white and green mottled foliage and I am a sucker for pink and white.  And green.

Third, the Dappled Willow grows rapidly and can reach a height of 15 feet or more and an equal spread. In my new garden I want large shrubs that will fill a big space beautifully, cutting down on my labors. Of course, if necessary or desired, it can be controlled by pruning.

I am participating in the A to Z Challenge. Will I manage to post every day of April?