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When you think of a pasture, the first thing that probably comes to mind are the mighty deciduous trees, whose crowns provide extensive shade. The harlequin willow is completely different. Salix integra is an ornamental form originating from Japan. Due to its small size, the tree can also be cultivated in a bucket and is therefore ideal for beautifying the terrace or balcony. The Hakuro Nishiki variety is particularly popular.

Harlequin willows don't grow very large


Willows exist as trees, shrubs or as grafted standard trees. The latter often have a spherical crown and are often found in pots. In contrast to ungrafted specimens, they only reach a low growth height. The spread is only wide. This means that the tribe will increase in size over time. It is best to plant your harlequin willow as a solitary plant. Despite its small size, it becomes a highlight in your garden.

Size Facts

  • The growth of the Salix Integra as a shrub is a maximum of three meters.
  • Hakuro Nishiki grows to about 1.5 meters in height.
  • Growth in width is also around 1.5 meters.
  • Annual growth is around 50-70 cm.
  • Keep a planting distance of 0.7-0.8 cm to other plants.

Cutting harlequin willow

If your harlequin willow is not a standard plant but an ordinary plant, you can still keep growth small with regular pruning. Harlequin willows can also tolerate severe pruning to within a few inches of the ground. The frequency is the most important criterion when cutting the ornamental willow. Shape cuts are also recommended to preserve the aesthetics.

Note root formation

Although the ornamental Hakuro Nishiki does not gain height as much, it still develops more underground than other plants. This is particularly important for keeping buckets. Make sure the pot is big enough. If you prefer to keep them in buckets, this has a positive effect on low growth. Over time, the tree gets used to the conditions and grows more slowly than plants in normal soil.

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