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Salix sachalinensis 'Sekka'

Japanese Fantail Willow

Plant Type:


Salix sachalinensis ‘Sekka’ (syn. Salix udense ​'Sekka') – This is a large, mounding and wide spreading shrub. The attractive dark green foliage is handsome all through the growing season making this a great rounded background shrub, a foil for smaller growing shrubs, conifers, miniature trees, ornamental grasses or even flowering perennials but only in the larger landscape. The leaves may turn yellow in autumn – not in every year here but it’s a bonus when it does. The show extends after the foliage drops for multiple ends of branches are broadened and flattened into crests (fasciations); these are used to great effect in flower arranging. In late winter to early spring the gray catkins, up to 1” long all up and down the stems, emerge and adorn the shrub for many weeks before the foliage sprouts; this is another beautiful moment. The large growing ‘Sekka’ with fun ornamental characteristics would make another good screening choice. These may have to be judiciously cut back to about 4 feet especially if ordered in autumn. Established pot grown shrub from cutting.

Please scroll down to the Genus Overview for more information.

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10-12 ft


15-20 ft

Characteristics and Attributes for Salix sachalinensis 'Sekka'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Winter / Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Architectural


  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun


  • Specimen
  • Marginal
  • Hedge
  • Cutting Garden
  • Hedgerow
  • Shrub Border

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Rapid


  • Moist
  • Fertile


  • Japan

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Salix

Common Name: Willow

Salix. These are the willows, a large genus of woody plants. Some willows are small shrubs, others grow into huge trees and there are many bushy species which fall in between. All prefer sun planted in fertile moisture retaining soils; some are tolerant of quite wet feet. Many have quite attractive lanceolate leaves with silvery undersides that flash in summer breezes… I have often thought of these as the “poor man’s bamboo”. Some have contorted and beautifully colored bark which shines in the winter landscape. Many sport beautiful winter/spring catkins. Nearly all willows have utilitarian applications in fencing, rods, basket making. All are very prune-able; in fact, any of the larger shrubs depending upon how you desire to employ them will respond well to pruning and coppicing. When coppiced those with beautifully colored winter stems display many more of them. And as with ornamental shrub dogwoods younger stems exhibit the best, most intense winter tones. All ornamental characteristics will be presented according to species/cultivar. All of the following offerings are established pot grown shrubs from a cutting. We may prune back all larger growing selections prior to shipping so that you will not incur the extra handling charge.