Salix miyabeana SX64 male

miyabeana = after Dr. Miyabe Kingo, a Japanese botanist

Japanese Willow

This willow was given to us by a Canadian friend who, not being a serious gardener, thought we might like to add it to our collection. Unfortunately he didn’t remember where it came from, perhaps as cut stems in a winter display. Whatever its source, it’s a handsome, vigorous shrub with attractive, clean foliage. Young twigs are red and turn yellow as they mature. So far our plants are about 14ft high and not quite as wide. We coppice it regularlyand it responds respond well to this treatment, regularly producing rods that are 8-12ft long. We found out that this is Salix miyabeana SX64 and was developed at the University of Toronto and then transferred to SUNY Syracuse. Hardy to Zone 3.

USES: As a specimen plant, extremely useful for living willow structures and coarse basketry.

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These are 4 year-old unpruned plants in the nursery. They make me believe that they will make handsome specimen plants, but also produce great rods when coppiced.

below: Branches are colorful for several years, red at first, then yellow-green, finally green with red buds and lenticels (corky breathing pores along the stems of woody plants).

Here is the same group in the nursery covered in male catkins.

below are male catkins in various stages of development.

Beautiful glossy foliage that stays attractive all summer.

Green on top and bluish green underneath.

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Bark stays green for several years and has tiny red buds and lenticels (the red 'scabs' that are 'breathing pores')