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Cultural Details for Salix udensis 'Sekka'

Common Name:
Japanese Fantail Willow, Fishtail Willow

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Male clone, pretty 1" long gray silky catkins in March.

Fruit Details:
Strobile 1' long.

Fall Color:
Pale yellow-green.

Bark Details:
New stems purplish-red for several years. Some branches are flattened and fastciated. Eventually with age, the bark on the trunk becomes irregulary scaly.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Weak wood. Bacterial twig blight, crown gall, many cankers. Leaf spots, powdery mildew, rusts, tar spots. Aphids, imported willow leaf beetle, pinecone gall. willow leaf bug and many more insects.

Native Habitat:
Native to China and Japan.

Other Features:
Branches sometimes used for flower arranging. (synonym = S. sachalinensis)

Culture and Care:
Prefers full sun in deeply moist soil (such as along water sources). Will tolerate a range of soil types. Short lived. Easily propagated - seeds germinate 12-24 hours after falling on wet sand. Zones (4)5-7

This plant was blooming:
3/22/2010 - 4/5/2010
3/13/2007 - 3/30/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.