Corkscrew Willow - single stem Tree
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Corkscrew Willow - single stem Tree
Corkscrew Willow - single stem Leaf
Corkscrew Willow - single stem Additional Product Shot 218

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Corkscrew Willow - single stem
Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'
$145.00
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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: 5-7
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

Some kind of Willow grows just about everywhere in the temperate world. Willows have been a part of human life for thousands of years.  The natural chemicals many species contain work like aspirin to quell pain and fevers (though we think we’ll stick to Bayer), and the famously bendable branches can be fashioned into fences, chairs, fishing nets, artwork, and baskets.  You’d be hard-pressed to make a basket out of this funky creature!  It’s a living sculpture as-is.  Our Single-Stem Corkscrews have a tree-like trunk that’s devoid of curly branches.

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 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 5
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

Size Guide Scale

Scale

Size: A

Size A

Size: B

Size B

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size A Trees:

5-6' Tall. Grown in our #7 tree container. This young willow has all the spunk of the older ones but you can watch it grow to its full maturity.

Size B Trees:

8-10' tall. Grown in our #15 tree container as a single stem with caliper near 1 1/2" or more. Fully developed canopy.

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Corkscrew Willow - single stem Tree
Corkscrew Willow - single stem Leaf
Corkscrew Willow - single stem Additional Product Shot 218