The Q&A Archives: Dappled Willow (Hakura Nishiki)

Question: I recently bought and planted a Dwarf Hakura Nishiki tree. I want to plant a small garden around the tree, but someone advised me to wait a year, as the flowers I plant may take nutrients away from the tree. Is this true? I've never heard of this and can't seem to find any info on the subject. Should I wait to plant my garden? Thanks!

Answer: I would go ahead and plant around your dappled willow. It's true that when trees are large, with large, shallow root systems, the roots can compete with other plants for moisture and nutrients. Usually the tree wins out because of the extensive root system so planting beneath one could be challenging. But, a dwarf dappled willow shouldn't cause any problems to other plants, and annuals or perennials shouldn't cause undue stress for your new willow. Go ahead and plant your flowers - most of all, enjoy your garden!

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