Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina
Common name: Creeping alpine willow
Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina is native to the mountains of Hokkaido, Japan. It is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a habit of spreading low and wide. It only grows to about 15 centimetres (6 inches) tall at maturity with a spread of 60 centimetres (24 inches).
Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina has rounded green leaves which are covered with silky white hairs in spring, deep green in summer, and turning golden in fall. Silky yellow catkins are borne in spring.
Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina is suited for a rock garden where its intertwining branches can sprawl and spill.
Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina can be found in the Japanese Collection.
Text and photos by Kumi Sutcliffe