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Yezo Dwarf Willow

Salix nakamurana 'var. yezoalpina'

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Yezo Dwarf Willow (Salix nakamurana 'var. yezoalpina') at Schulte's Greenhouse & Nursery

Yezo Dwarf Willow flowers

Yezo Dwarf Willow flowers

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Height:  6 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Creeping Alpine Willow


A different kind of willow, this is a creeping, prostrate shrub that spreads to fill in an area, features bright green heart shaped foliage covered in fine hairs when young; particularly effective trailing over walls or around rocks

Ornamental Features

Yezo Dwarf Willow features unusual yellow catkins along the branches in early spring, which emerge from distinctive silver flower buds before the leaves. It has attractive dark green foliage with grayish green undersides throughout the season. The fuzzy heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental and turn gold in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The gold stems are very effective and add winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Yezo Dwarf Willow is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Yezo Dwarf Willow is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Yezo Dwarf Willow will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features