Corkscrew Willow - low branch Tree
Corkscrew Willow - low branch Leaf
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Corkscrew Willow - low branch Tree
Corkscrew Willow - low branch Leaf
Corkscrew Willow - low branch Additional Product Shot 923

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Corkscrew Willow - low branch
Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'
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Every day’s a bad hair day for the Corkscrew Willow, a fun plant with a bad perm that will bring a smile to the face of everyone who passes by it.  Plant this fast-growing tree where it can spread its frizzy locks, and it will become an impressive medium- to large-sized specimen in no time, yet it will cast a light shade due to the delicacy of its silvery, slender leaves.  This tree will produce lots of wonderful curly Willow branches for the crafter in your family to fashion into wreaths and arrangements, and any lengths cut during the growing season will be quickly replenished with a fresh crop of twisted Willow branches.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

Corkscrew Willow, also known as Hankow, Curly, Globe, or Dragon’s Claw Willow, hails from China. It reached the U.S. via Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum in 1923.  It was released to the public in the 1930s and was an instant sensation.  There was nothing else quite like it—Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick (a Contorted Filbert) has the same sort of curlicue branches, but is slow-growing and shrubby, and Twisty Baby™ Black Locust wasn’t around yet.  Our Low-Branched Corkscrews are loaded with kinky branches from top to bottom—easy pickin’s for arrangements!

The Details

Come on, lets do the twist! This quirky cousin of the Weeping Willow is just plain fun to have around! Its whimsically twisted branches and leaves dance in the breeze. A lighthearted addition to your landscape. Phone your friends and neighbors..."tonight we twist in the backyard!"

How to Grow

Willows are just plain easy to grow. These large, yet delicate, trees can create quite a focal point in the garden. They tolerate most soil conditions, including wet soils. They aren’t too keen on dry soil conditions, but they do enjoy being planted in full sun. Did you know that a substance taken from the bark of the Willow tree is used to produce salicylic acid? Salicylic acid is used to make dyes, and it even helps to preserve food. Willow trees are aggressive growers and can grow to be quite large. To help them grow into healthy large trees, apply a dose of medium rate fertilizer once a year in the fall. You should only do this for about the first 3 or 4 years. You shouldn’t have to prune too often, just prune when you feel it is necessary. Willow trees are free of any major pest or disease problems. When your Willow tree is young, however, keep the trunk of your young Willow protected – ‘cause deer love ‘em!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 30'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches Yes
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

6-8' tall. Low branched, multi-stemmed form. Grown in our #15 tree container. Very wide and full.

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Corkscrew Willow - low branch Tree
Corkscrew Willow - low branch Leaf
Corkscrew Willow - low branch Additional Product Shot 923