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Old 06-11-2019, 12:09 AM
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Originally Posted by Lodestar View Post
I didn't know that. Here's mine:

It was marketed to me here in South Central MN as Japanese Lights rhododendron. Truly a gorgeous bush when the sun was shining.

There were two. Despite tender loving care they struggled along for five or six years and then gave up.

My neighbor could grow them but once she moved they are looking kind of tough.
Yes, it is gorgeous. But I think most gardeners would call it an azalea, even though it is technically accurate to call it a rhododendron!

Botanists will tell you that it avoids confusion to use the scientifically correct name, but here is a prime example that it can work the other way too!
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by LIcenter View Post
The first is a Dappled willow, with a Sand Cherry in front of it.
The second looks to be a Snowflake viburnum, which looks like someone trimed the bottom branches off.
The third, I have no clue.
Thanks people! This is why I'm thinking of putting a few of the Dappled willows in my front yard, near the street--to provide something to look at from my front windows other than that long ugly asphalt street. And also provide some privacy screening. Maybe 3 of them?

The 3rd pic is of the front of the house from near the street. I'm thinking of putting a Sand Cherry on the other side of the yard, somewhere between the street, & the maple tree. (If all of that makes sense).
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:37 AM
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My parents planted a willow tree right above the waterline. Within ten years, its roots were breaking down the waterline. It seems these bushes aren't as aggressive.

"The very large tree form species willows have not been recommended for home landscaping due to their invasive, water seeking roots and weak wood. The root systems, which are excellent at seeking out moisture, can be particularly damaging to septic systems. The root systems of the dappled willow and dwarf shrubs, although well developed at maturity, do not compare to the size of a full size willow tree. The tree form ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ has been grafted to the trunk of another willow variety, and therefore will have a larger, more extensive root system than the shrub. Although there is little information available regarding damaging roots from the trunks used for grafting, these grafted tree forms were developed specifically for use in small home landscapes. It is highly doubtful that a trunk would ever be used from one of the very large willow trees that can be so damaging to septic tanks. Willow roots in general grow very fast, just like the willow plant. They can grow several feet per year and will usually spread equal to their height (a mature ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ may reach about 10 feet). In general, willow roots are invasive and can exceed the width of the tree’s branches as much as 3 to 4 times. But again, that refers to the large tree form willow. If you have a septic system and are concerned, why stress? Plant your grafted tree in a very large container, or at least at a great distance from the tank and pipes."


I love the idea of dappled willow's red stems in winter. However, a berry producing bush for birds and wildlife might be nice too. If hollies, Red-osier dogwood, (any Cornus species) or cranberry bushes grow in your zone, it might be a nice alternative.
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