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Salix (Willow)

Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina

Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina
Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina

image at the bottom left is
courtesy John Dorsey

Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina

Native to the mountain slopes of Hokkaido Japan and well adapted to survive in the harsh mountain terrain where it clings with claw-like roots. As the snow melts, the 5 cm catkins contrast with the thick mahogany coloured stems. This hardy willow will grow where the landscape is bleak. A very interesting plant in the garden as it "flows" over large rocks (see photo on the left).

Description: alpine shrub; 20 cm x 2 m spread (10" x 6'); ovate leaves; silky in the spring; deep green in the summer, turning to bright yellow in the fall

Conditions: full sun to part shade; exposed site with excellent drainage and moisture-retentive soil that is low in nitrogen

Coldest zone: 4 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)


Comparison of willow stems and leaves

Lists of various willow uses