The most well-known dappled willow variety, Hakuro Nishiki, features splotches of white and pink on its leaves.
See if you can spot our dappled willow as you walk along the Stone Wall Cutoff trail. Whilst you’re there, see if you can spot any other recently planted trees.
History at Hadwen
Dappled willow wasn’t found in any existing records of Hadwen’s original plantings, however, a preliminary report on trees in the arboretum recorded black willow in 1971. This was the first recorded documentation of willow in the Hadwen Arboretum.
Detailed Species Information
Dappled willow is a deciduous willow shrub in the family Salicaceae, native to parts of China, Russia, Japan, and Korea. This shrub typically grows to 6–20 feet (2–6 meters) in height and is characterized by unruly long branches, pale green leaves, and grayish-green bark. The leaves are small and oppositely arranged in groups of two or three which appear in early spring.
The most popular cultivar of the dappled willow is called “Hakuro Nishiki.” It is a common ornamental plant because of its distinct variegated foliage, which has a “dappled” pattern of white and light pink on pale green leaves. Because of its small size and unruly growth, this cultivar is often grafted onto the stem of other willow species to achieve more straight, tree-like growth with the unique leaves of the dappled willow.