Now we’re talking. If you live in Northern Europe and you like the jungle look, plant of the week: Salix udensis ‘Sekka’ is the plant to head for. I only came across this plant the other week. They are constructing a new park near me and it seems that the landscape architects in charge have felt adventurous. Quite a few plants featured are not commonly found in other green spaces. Such as this one.
This willow originates from northeastern Asia (eastern Siberia, northern China/Japan) and has oddly flattened and twisted stems, which is what makes this shrub look rather wild. Add to that the long, lance-shaped, bright green leaves and you can understand why I think it gives a jungle-like impression. Aka know as Japanese fantail willow the stems are highly priced by Ikebana flower arrangers.
The plant reaches maturity after around 20 years and will by then have reached a height of about 5 metres and formed a dense thicket. It requires full sun and a deep, moist, well-drained soil to thrive. It tolerates acid, alkaline and neutral pH-values and handles sheltered as well as exposed locations.
Salix udensis ‘Sekka’ is a deciduous shrub. In a garden design scheme it can be used as an architectural feature or as part of a informal cottage look. It is considered a low maintenance plant.