Q: I saw fantail willow used in an arrangement at the Southeastern Flower show and have looked and looked for this plant. Can you give me some information on it?
A: Fantail willow is a member of the willow family whose stems are flattened or “fasciated”. Many plants are known to occasionally produce fasciated limbs. The fasciation results from bacteria in some cases and genetic abnormalities in others. The scientific name for fantail willow is Salix sachalinensis ‘Sekka’.