Salix integra ‘Flamingo’, commonly known as Dappled Willow, with its amazing foliage color, graceful growth habit, and easy to grow and care for nature is a wonderful, colorful shrub that will bring your garden alive with shades of pink, white, and light apple green.
This stunning shrub brings a lot of fresh, long lasting, weather resistant color to the garden.
It has fabulous, vividly colored, young growth that combines harmoniously with other plants
A long color period that lasts for weeks and weeks
Colorful foliage that isn’t damaged by rain or windy conditions
Is easily trimmed and maintained to a manageable height and shape
Is not prone to any major pest or diseases
Bright, vibrant color
As it leafs out in late spring, the tips of the young shoots emerge a brilliant pink, while older leaves closer to the stems remain soft green and dappled white. This vibrant range of color produced on the young shoots is carried all over the entire plant to make a spectacular, eye-catching display that blends easily with other plants in the garden.
Long color season
The main season of color lasts for several weeks from late spring to early summer, and with timely trimming (see my notes on culture, below), this can be extended well into midsummer. Salix integra ‘Flamingo’ PPAF will also provide color and interest at other times of the year, too. In early spring, before the leaves emerge, mature shoots will sprout slender, yellow catkins. Later on — mid-summer into autumn — the leaves will mature to muted shades of dappled white and apple green. Even when the plant is dormant it isn't finished, for the bright red, polished stems on trimmed plants will shine and sparkle in the winter landscape.
Hardiness Zone : Hardy to Zone 5
Light Preference : Sun to partial shade
Plant Height : 4’-6’ (with trimming)
This is an easy and accommodating plant to grow, thriving well in most soils but doing best in moist, fertile ones that are rich in organic matter. Adding plenty of compost at planting time and mulching to help retain moisture in the soil will encourage lots of luxuriant and colorful growth.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a good root system; supplement if necessary during any dry periods, and you will find that it is an easy and reliable keeper.
The brightly colored foliage is most intense on new growth, so shearing back the shoots as they begin to mature brings renewed bursts of color. This can be done at least twice during the season and is a good way of encouraging lots of long lasting, fresh, colorful foliage. It also keeps the plants neat and tidy; with regular trimming, the bushy growth can be maintained at manageable heights of 4 to 6 feet tall and about the same wide. It responds well to pruning. If needed, it can be cut back more severely in winter or early spring. This will promote vigorous new growth which can then be trimmed again in late spring to promote bushiness, color, and shape.
It is a superb accent and focal point in beds and borders, front gardens, foundation plantings, and anywhere that the color and bushy shape can be enjoyed. It is ideal for planting near water features such as pools, ponds or streams, and naturalized areas. It is a wonderful way to bring color to containers, too. One of our plants placed inside a decorative container brings instant, easy color to a deck, patio, or doorstep.
Here's a shrub that's very colorful, easy to grow and look after, doesn't suffer from any major pests and diseases, and will give you years of pleasure.