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Salix nakamurana var. yezo-alpina

Yezo Dwarf Willow

Plant Type:


Salix nakamurana var. yezo-alpina – This is a neat ground-covering willow with lots of downy white fur covering the round green leaves. Distinct erect catkins in a monochrome of white, silver and gray up to 1.5” tall emerge in early spring. They stand erect from the wood like the myriad floating candles in the main dining hall at Hogwart's School of Wizardry in the Harry Potter series! Younger wood is olive-gold and glossy, often upturned at the tips. Old wood is purple-brown. The foliage often turns into beautiful yellow coins before dropping leaving interesting tangle of undulating branches. Use it in the rockery or an interesting shrub in front of taller background plants. It’s richly used in a complex scheme with Rhododendron x ‘Thunder’ and gold or variegated smaller-growing conifers as can be found in Chamaecyparis spp. Established pot grown shrub from cutting.

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6-12 in


72 in

Characteristics and Attributes for Salix nakamurana var. yezo-alpina

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Border
  • Edging
  • Rock Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Moist
  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Japan

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.