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Salix koryanagi 'Rubykins'

Kori-yanagi Willow

Plant Type:


Salix korihanagi 'Rubykins' (ex: Sharon George) – This, according to Michael Dodge, is the purported selection called 'Rubykins'. It's very pretty yellow to brassy yellow younger wood sometimes in sections is infused with ruddy red. Loads of attractive, arching lavender to red-pink tinted catkins in spring occur in opposite pairing all up and down the branches. Narrow, delicate lanceolate leaves follow erupting with a touch of pink, settling back to lettuce green and finally maturing to green or dark blue-green with a distinct silver-white vein running down the middle of each. We had thought this plant to be possibly something altogether different but the Vermont Willow Guy himself, Michael Dodge, set us straight. Thank you, Michael, for your sage and gentle tutoring... “The pics tell me that it is Salix koriyanagi and maybe the selection ‘Rubykins’ (that, I believe, is the species with a catchier name.) It’s great; vigorous, useful for basketry and living structures, but unlike S. purpurea deer will eat it and rabbits too I’m told!” The latter hasn't occurred here... at least not yet! This is another very fast grower with a lovely, soft affect. Your 'Rubykins' may arrive modestly but attractively pruned. Established pot grown shrub from cutting.

Please scroll down to the Genus Overview for more information.



12-15 ft


12-15 ft

Characteristics and Attributes for Salix koryanagi 'Rubykins'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Winter / Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored


  • Full Sun


  • Hedgerow
  • Specimen
  • Alee
  • Screen
  • Shrub Border
  • Marginal
  • Hedge
  • Basketry

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Moist


  • Himalayas
  • Europe
  • Eurasia

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Salix

Common Name: Willow

Salix. These are the willows, a large genus of woody plants. Some willows are small shrubs, others grow into huge trees and there are many bushy species which fall in between. All prefer sun planted in fertile moisture retaining soils; some are tolerant of quite wet feet. Many have quite attractive lanceolate leaves with silvery undersides that flash in summer breezes… I have often thought of these as the “poor man’s bamboo”. Some have contorted and beautifully colored bark which shines in the winter landscape. Many sport beautiful winter/spring catkins. Nearly all willows have utilitarian applications in fencing, rods, basket making. All are very prune-able; in fact, any of the larger shrubs depending upon how you desire to employ them will respond well to pruning and coppicing. When coppiced those with beautifully colored winter stems display many more of them. And as with ornamental shrub dogwoods younger stems exhibit the best, most intense winter tones. All ornamental characteristics will be presented according to species/cultivar. All of the following offerings are established pot grown shrubs from a cutting. We may prune back all larger growing selections prior to shipping so that you will not incur the extra handling charge.