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Salix cinerea 'Variegata'

Gray Willow

Plant Type:


Salix cinerea ‘Variegata’ – These have grown tall and may be modestly pruned which will make them more bushy on the grounds of your fine home. The variegated form of Gray Willow has all leaves splashed, stippled and mottled with creamy white. New foliage has pink in the mix that fades away as the leaves mature. It will make a nice low hedge or a background plant for shorter perennials. This is a less common variegated willow and will grow much smaller than S. integra ‘Flamingo’. Our original plant came from the now sadly defunct Arbor Village. We prune it every 3 years to keep it bushier and more attractive. Established pot grown shrub from cutting.

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6-8 ft


5-6 ft

Characteristics and Attributes for Salix cinerea 'Variegata'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Winter / Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn


  • Full Sun


  • Specimen
  • Hedgerow
  • Accent
  • Shrub Border
  • Marginal
  • Hedge

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Moist


  • 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.