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Salix sachalinensis 'Sekka'

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salix (SAL-iks) (Info)
Species: sachalinensis (saw-kaw-lin-YEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Sekka

Synonym:Salix udensis

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral econobot On Jul 11, 2011, econobot from Newfield, NY wrote:

I was considering growing it for the fan-tails. Great twig displays. ItPlant takes up a large area,I obtained cutting from a large clump-15' X 15'.
I found it unproductive. Fan-tails only appear on 10-15% of stems. Unless you have large meadows you want to reduce mowing on I can't see how you could justify this as a economic crop.

Positive seamusandclare On Feb 14, 2006, seamusandclare from Charleston, WV wrote:

Beloved of flower arrangers and winter garden affincinados. Winter reveals in mature plants a spreading tangled mass of branches with flattened ends that are very attractive in arrangements. Can be cut back hard in late winter yearly, to provide longer stems. Catkins turn yellow and complement daffodils in Spring. Green leaf that stays good through out even hot and humid summers. Average garden soil. Suitable for garden setting. Not a large tree willow with invasive roots, and no need for supplemental water.


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

Scarborough, Maine
Lincoln Park, Michigan
Ballston Lake, New York
Newfield, New York
Pleasant Garden, North Carolina
Yachats, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Wytheville, Virginia
Charleston, West Virginia

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