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Tri-Color Dappled Willow

Tri-Color Dappled Willow

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This quick growing shrub with dense, arching branches offers bright color--including a hint of pink in spring. Makes an interesting hedge if planted in rows, or a robust statement on its own if you are looking for a bushy shrub that will quickly fill a large gap. An ability to grow quickly in even wet areas makes this a winner!

Tri-Color Dappled Willow

Grows into a beautiful dense hedge quicker than any other tree

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The Tri Colored Willow Hedge Shrub (Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki') or 'Dappled Willow' is an amazing new shrub that can be planted to form a colorful 8-10 ft. privacy hedge.

These willow hedge shrubs are heavily branched. More branches mean that they'll quickly grow into a hedge when planted in rows. Expect a full hedge after the first few growing seasons.

It is easily pruned, if you want it kept short. Plant 6-8 ft. apart for perfect privacy.

The rounded or weeping form makes it a great accent plant as well. Put one at the corner of your home to liven up dull spots. And the color!

In Spring your Dappled Willow shrub will come with many branches full of light green leaves with a hint of white on each leaf. However, these shrubs give you a show each spring because the new growth comes in a pink tint!

Everyone will be asking about your new, unique hedge!

This is a new hedge introduction, so we have very limited quantities available. Be sure to order your Tri-Color Dappled Willow shrub now before they sell out.

Growing Zones: 5-9

Mature Height: 8-10 ft.
Mature Width: 8-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 5-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Tri-Color Dappled Willow

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Tri-Color Dappled Willow.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Tri-Color Dappled Willow gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Tri-Color Dappled Willow again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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We planted our tri-colored willow late in the summer at the top of our drive. I had my doubts that it would survive through the cold, snowy winter, but the joke's on me! It started growing and filling in and the leaves are gorgeous! I love to sit on the porch and watch it sway in the breeze - and passers-by like to look at it too
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December 31, 2012
We planted just 2 of these about 4 years ago as a privacy hedge. It is also a very wet area of the yard and boy do they LOVE it there. They are now about 15 feet tall, very healthy and my neighbor loves looking at them as much as we do. As another stated here they are beautiful to watch swaying in the wind and the color changeing leaves are just a superb bonus. One of the most graceful shrubs I have ever seen
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December 31, 2012
Ordered 25 of the willows last fall and they are very hardy plants. Do not have much color in this horrible heat. I ordered 3 more this spring and one has survived. It has a lot of color but gets only morning sun so it has kept its color. In the spring, the older shrubs that were more sturdy looking upon arrival had the new pink growth so hopefully next spring they will have the showy white color. Deep root fertilize these shrubs and they take off fast
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December 31, 2012
4 years ago
Growth Rate
Fast growing
I bought 3 of these shrubs a few months ago. They are growing rapidly and look very healthy and full. I think I'll buy a couple more.
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November 7, 2014
9 months ago
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You know, this bush is a tough little cookie. With all this heat and drought that we are suffering here, it still shows signs of life no matter how much it looks like it's going to die off. Just keep it watered either on a daily bases or every other day and it will survive. I am proud to be able to share this with you all. I just bought this a couple of months ago also.
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
Thank you so very much for my tri-color willow and yuletide camellia. They look great. And have to tell you 3 yrs. ago bought holly trees. Now they are 6 ft. talland look great. Thank you all so very much for great service.
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
I planted my tri colored willow about a week ago and I must say i thought it would at least loose a few leaves. But to my surprise the total opposite has happened. The pink variegated leaves on this thing are really something to see. I cant wait till the entire bush is covered with pink. Also i was extremely happy with the way my order came. The packing was awesome.
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December 31, 2012
BEAUTIFUL! We looked around for a good tree to plant in our front
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December 31, 2012
bought to plant at end of driveway in flowerbed.i love the foilage and that can take the sun,which my driveway gets nonstop
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
The tri color willow is such a nice addition to the landscaping. I placed it in front of a yard lamp to hide the post. It is growing strong and healthy. The added color is striking and has drawn several compliments.
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December 31, 2012
Love it. It looks bushy right now, but I plan to trim it to look more like a tree. The color is beautiful.
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December 31, 2012
Wonderful service and great products I couldn't be more pleased
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
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What happens to leaves in winter? Do they completely drop off? Seems like a poor fit for privacy hedge if it's nothing but bare branches all winter long.
j g on Mar 22, 2015
Is this an evergreen or does it loose it's leaves in the winter? Thank you!
Julie on Apr 30, 2015
We have a lot of deer - very hungry deer. Want to plant a hedge border and want to know if this is suitable or would it just be eaten away. Can you please advise? If not this shrub, than any advice on what kind?
Maria M on Apr 10, 2015
how do you bonsai this tree?
jane s on May 31, 2014
Tri-Color Dappled Willow
Tri-Color Dappled Willow
Weeping Willow
Weeping Willow
Best Answer: We do not do any bonsai so I am unfamiliar with this process. If you Google it you will probably find some good information.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Sep 25, 2014
Are the roots invasive, like weeping willow's roots?
Sydney B on Jun 27, 2014
Best Answer: No, the roots are not like the Weeping Willow.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Dec 8, 2014
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is this deer proof?
A shopper on Jun 6, 2014
Best Answer: No plant is 'Deer Proof'... Deer have been known to eat the new fresh foliage in the spring, but tend to leave them alone most of the time.
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how fast do the tri color willows grow?
A shopper on May 30, 2014
Best Answer: when I received the willow, they appeared dormant,,,, with gentle watering and using the planting mix with these plants, they very soon got their buds then were full in a varigated kind of coloring,,, having bought these in august of 2013, they now are about 5 feet tall and still blooming... hope this answer helps...ps if I had more space, I would definitely purchase more ...
Reply · Report · bobbi b on May 30, 2014
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is this a deciduos shrub?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, it is.
Reply · Report · Chuan L on Jul 8, 2014
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Can this dappled willow be pruned into a tree...?
John S on Apr 2, 2015
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Hi I'd love to get this willow for a privacy screening. However I wonder if I have enough space for it. There is a long narrow (about 3.5 feet) space between our house the fence that divides our property from the neighbor. Is that enough space for it to grow? I can also trim the branches so it won't touch the house but it might not be enough for it?

Thank you for any advice.
NR1978 on Mar 18, 2015
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how does the tri color willow thrive in shade?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: I have a shady spot located next to a pine tree that receives limited sunlight. I initially planted a wax myrtle in june of last year which by august had died. I then planted the tri color willow in October. After having survived the coldest long island winter in 30 years the tri color willow is doing fine. It looks similar to the photo shown on this site. I am very happy with this purchase. Tri Color Willow is thriving in shade on LI NY.
Reply · Report · Mark T on Jun 1, 2014
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're the roots invasive,like the willow trees?
A shopper on Jul 11, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, willows species are water seekers and should never be planted near septic lines, water lines nor foundations. I use them for problem spots in the yard where water collects. The tri-colored willow is a beautiful stand alone specimen and can be trimmed without harm to a desired look.Planting them in a fence row yields a very beautiful boarder.
Reply · Report · Ruthann C on Jul 14, 2014
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How fast do they grow?
A shopper on Jul 18, 2014
Best Answer: The growth rate of the Tri Color Willow is 12-18" per year.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Sep 26, 2014
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I need a something that will grow quick, I have a 6 ft iron fence in front of our home will this cover the fence? Also it is in full sun gets over 100% in the summer and under 30 in the winter.
fran l on Jul 15, 2014
Best Answer: My Tri Color Willows, at full growth, reach 6 ft tall. This is my first year. I've spoken to several experts on these and have been told they should be pruned about 2 to 3 time a year as this helps them reach their most colorful stage. I can't tell you how beautiful they are and very eye catching. I have a full boarder of them and love them.....very fast growing if you follow the instructions. They get full sunlight all day and love water (the more the better for willows). They have become my favorites. Virginia 7/15
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Hello, I live in Texas....when is the best time to plant this shrub? Would this month be appropriate? Thank you for the guidance!
Patsy F on Oct 16, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Patsy! I live in central California, and planted mine in the fall. It leafed out and grew all through the winter into a very sturdy and attractive shrub. I'm very glad that I chose it to be the centerpiece of my front garden. Best wishes, and glad to help a fellow gardener. Margaret
Reply · Report · Margaret L on Oct 17, 2014
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Will it survive winter in a big ceramic container on my back deck ?
Cindy L on May 25, 2015
Best Answer: We have had Tri-Color Dappled Willows in Central Indiana and here in North Central North Carolina. They are vary hardy, but will they grow and survive as a container plant, I'm not sure. They are a very fast growing plant and the more you keep them trimmed back, the better they look and the more they fill out, dense and bushy. It's the new growth that gives the Tri-Color. The plants we bought from Fast Growing Trees took 2 seasons to really show their colors, don't give up on them.
Reply · Report · Rick B on May 25, 2015
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When is the best time to trim ?
A shopper on Sep 15, 2014
Best Answer: Late spring or early summer is a good time to trim the Tri Color Willow.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Sep 17, 2014
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I am considering planting this on the side of my deck that is 14 feet long. Would I plant one or two of these with this limited space? Ideally, I need something to grow and offer privacy from the neighbors (small lots).
A shopper on Jul 8, 2014
Best Answer: This willow grows super fast and serves as a good privacy screen. You can keep it trimmed for the best colors. For your space, I would put in at least 3 (4-5 feet) apart to form a good hedge.
Reply · Report · Chuan L on Jul 8, 2014
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Does this plant spread a lot?
Goe Rutledge on Oct 24, 2014
Best Answer: At maturity the Tri-Color Willow will spread to be about 8-10ft.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Dec 9, 2014
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have a bush,but isn't filling out what can I do to help it ?
A shopper on Aug 29, 2014
Best Answer: I would start by fertilizing then if that is not working I would prune it to promote more growth.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Dec 8, 2014
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how much will it grow the first year?
A shopper on Aug 6, 2014
Best Answer: Once established the Tri Color Willow grows fairly quickly, 12 - 18 inches a year.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 11, 2014
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I would like to buy the tri color willow tree but I can't find it on your web site?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately we're currently sold out of Tri Color Willow Trees until further notice.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 29, 2014
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Do the trees have any fragrance?
Rgreeneusa on Jul 21, 2014
Best Answer: The Try Color Willow has a mild and sweet scent.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 23, 2014
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Reference Tri Color Willow: How many fertilizer tablets needed for six plants? And, how many bags of planting mix?
B. A on Jul 20, 2014
Best Answer: Three bags of planting mix should suffice. Mix in half a bag of planting mix with your natural soil at each planting site. Two bags of fertilizer tablets will be enough for now. Plant one tablet about 5 inches beneath the soil after each tree is planted.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 22, 2014
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Is this a tree or a bush? We have a hakura nishki willow that looks like a tree about 5 feet tall and it died. Need a replacement to match other tree on the north side of house. your price is very reasonable so how tall are they when it comes?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2014
Best Answer: There is a Tricolor Willow Shrub, and Tree. The Tree form is 5 - 7 feet tall.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 13, 2014
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what does it do in the winter in freezing temps ?
chuck on May 3, 2015
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Any problems with the dapple willow shrub roots causing problems with water line etc?
Diane S on Apr 18, 2015
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Will they grow well in west coast of Florida & are they deer safe?
Frank S on Apr 6, 2015
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