Salix nipponica

Eastern Almond Willow

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Salix nipponica - The Japanese Willow or Eastern Almond Willow offers many fine features. The stems are lime green. The beautiful foliage emerges red. As it expands and matures it metamorphoses to a pleasing green, is very clean, entirely smooth sans blemishes with ghostly white undersides. Its stature may allow it to be pruned into a small specimen tree. But coppicing will provide a shorter, denser shrub which could be utilized in a hedge, a foreground to taller shrubs and small trees or a living fence. If left on its own it will become a sizeable shrub very quickly. Fertile ground in fully to mostly sunny exposure. This selection produces male catkins. If you do prune it the stems will likely lend themselves to basket making. Established, potted willow from cutting.

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16-20 ft


16-20 ft


(3?)4 to 9
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Item Description Price  
SALNIP Salix nipponica (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $25.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Salix nipponica

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Shrub Border
  • Cutting Garden
  • Hedge
  • Filler
  • Hedgerow
  • Basketry
  • Screen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Rapid


  • Fertile
  • Draining


  • East Asia

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.