The easiest and most predictable way to grow Dapple Willow, Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’, from cuttings is to do them as Hardwood Cuttings in the Winter. They can be done as Softwood Cuttings in the Summer, but that can be a bit tricky. But as hardwood cuttings they are very easy to root.
Plants in the willow family are the only plants that I’ve ever seen rooted with really long cuttings. All other plants are best done with about a 5″ cuttings. But willows root easily and you can do them as really long cuttings. In this photo Roger Higgins is showing off a Dappled Willow that he rooted with a really long cutting, probably 30″ longer or more, then the trained that cutting to grow into a single stem tree.
Training a Flower Shrub to Grow as Tree is actually pretty easy and fun to do.
Dappled Willow has spectacular color in the spring and typically grows as a large shrub that sprays outward then weeps slightly, much like the shape of a forsythia. But in the early spring the color is striking and people come to our nursery asking for them.
Dappled Willow is super easy to grow as a shrub and is hardy in zones 4 through 9. As a tree form they are also easy, but you have to keep picking the new buds off the stem as they appear so they don’t make branches down low.
I took these photos and we shot a very soggy video at Roger’s Backyard Nursery in Cranesville, Pa. Roger is one of our members. A machinest by trade, but Since Joining Our Backyard Growers Group he has become quite the plant propagator and quite the nurseryman. Roger’s yard is only 1/2 acre lot and he has it packed full of plants that are growing, rooting and plants for sale. He does a nice little retail plant business from his home and he sells a lot of plants to other members.
Enjoy the video and turn up your volume a bit, the rain made this challenging and being soaking wet in 37 degrees temperatures should have taken all of the fun out of this but it didn’t. Duston and I had a blast hanging out in the rain with Roger, but we need to go back when it’s warmer.
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