Japanese willow or variegated willow is a compact cultivar that typically grows to 4-7’ tall and features gorgeous variegated foliage through the whole growing season. Narrow, lance shaped leaves (4” long) are attractive in spring new foliage emerges bright pink; early summer the leaves mature and will gradually fade to mostly green later in the summer. Throughout the summer the new growth will be variegated shades of pink, white and green. New growth stems turn red in fall providing excellent winter interest. All stems turn red in warm winter climates. Trunk does not turn red but remains gray. Tree forms are grafted onto high graft rootstock.