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PlantFiles: Flamingo Japanese Willow
Salix integra 'Flamingo'

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salix (SAL-iks) (Info)
Species: integra (IN-teg-ruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Flamingo
Additional cultivar information: (PP17490)
Hybridized by Bontekoe; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2005

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Jun 7, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A shrub grown for its dramatically variegated new foliage. Leaves emerge white with pink tones and gradually green up over the season. The flowers are ornamentally insignificant.

To maximize the amount of variegation, most people stool their plants regularly, cutting them nearly to the ground in early spring before growth starts. This also controls size---without it, this plant can turn into a monster shrub/small semi-weeping tree to 20'. Stooling it can hold it to 4-6'. Feed it with compost yearly to help it produce more new growth.

This species enjoys wet soils, but it tolerates regular well-drained soil better than most willows. It tolerates half-day sun.

This cultivar originated as a whole-plant mutation of 'Hakuro-nishiki'. It is claimed to be an improvement, though they look the same to me. According to the patent application, 'Flamingo' has smaller leaves that are more resistant to sunburn, redder, thicker stems, and a more upright habit.

Neutral QCHammy On Feb 15, 2008, QCHammy from San Tan Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Upper half of stems have deep pink leaves the entire season. Lower half are variegated green, pink and white. Has brilliant red stems in winter.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Saint Albans, Vermont

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