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    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina

Yezo dwarf willow

  • Other common names Yezo dwarf willow
    creeping alpine willow

  • Synonyms Salix yezoalpina

  • Family Salicaceae

  • Genus Salix are deciduous shrubs and trees of diverse habit, with simple leaves and tiny flowers in catkins, male and female usually on separate plants. Some are valued for their brightly coloured winter shoots, others for their foliage or showy male catkins

  • Details S. nakamurana var. yezoalpina is a prostrate shrub, with long trailing arms, to 30cm high and up to 3m across. Rounded to ovate, net-veined leaves are held on long stalks and emerge covered with silky white hairs. Leaves mature to a glossy green before turning yellow in autumn. Silky, yellowish catkins are borne in spring

  • Plant range Japan, Hokaido I.

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Trailing

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or North-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in a moist, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade

Propagation Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or hardwood cuttings in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Ground Cover Banks and Slopes Rock Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests May be affected by aphids, caterpillars, sawflies and leaf beetles

Diseases Rust diseases and willow anthracnose may be a problem

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