A striking contrast piece for Alberta sea of green; this eye-catching shrub or small tree boasts stunning variegated foliage, with leaves splashed in shades of pink, white, and green. It’s a fantastic choice for gardeners who want a unique specimen plant that provides year-round interest. All in a compact, low maintenance, and hardy, package!

What You Need To Know:

  • Appearance: Tri-colored foliage (pink, white, and green) that fades to mostly green later in the summer. Bright red stems offer winter interest.
  • Form: Rounded, shrubby form, or a small tree if pruned into a single trunk.
  • Size:
    • Shrub: 6-10 feet tall and wide
    • Tree: Up to 15 feet tall
  • Growth Rate: Fast (2-3 feet per year), achieving its full size in a few years.
  • Lifespan: Typically 15-20 years as they are susceptible to weather damage, but regenerate fairly quickly.
  • Light Requirements: Full sun for the most vibrant colors, tolerates partial shade.
  • Soil: Adaptable, thrives in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Water: Prefers regular watering, especially when young. Drought-tolerant once established.
  • Flowers and Seeds: Inconspicuous yellow catkins appear in spring, followed by small capsules containing seeds. These are not particularly showy but can add a touch of texture.
  • Hardiness Zones: USDA Zones 4-8
  • Uses: Specimen plant, borders, privacy screens, near ponds or streams

Interesting Facts

  • A Japanese Delight: This cultivar originated in Japan, where it was prized for its unique variegated foliage and graceful form.
  • Fast-Growing Charmer: The Dappled Willow grows quickly, allowing you to enjoy its beauty within a few years of planting.
  • Attracts Beneficial Wildlife: The weeping form and dense foliage can provide a haven for songbirds and other small creatures.
  • Winter Interest: After the leaves fall, the vibrant coral red bark takes center stage, adding a pop of color to the winter landscape, especially when contrasted against snow.


Interested In Adding This Unique Tree To Your Property?

Contact Edmonton Arborist and our expert tree planting team will bring and install your very own Dappled Willow!

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