Salix koriyanagi 'Rubikins'
Used extensively in Japan for fine basketry.
Naturally grows long, very flexible rods. Basketmakers
will want to coppice annually in late winter.
Native to Korea, but very hardy in our cold climate.
Due to its very flexible branches, it is highly
suited to use in wattle fences.
Description: medium, many branched
shrub; 4 m (13') in height; reddish-green annual
growth; young leaves pale pink, turning to dark
green and grey beneath; sways nicely in a breeze
Ideal conditions: full sun to part shade;
ample water; can be cut back to the ground every 3-5 yrs without
altering the form
Coldest zone: 3 (find your
zone; further info on plant hardiness)