Fast Growing Tree for All Season Appeal. Corkscrew Willow Looks Great in Spring, Summer, Fall, & Winter!
Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa', as it is botanically named, is a species of willow tree. The Curly Corkscrew Willow Tree is a lovely addition to your landscape if you like unique and interesting trees that can provide street appeal, afternoon shade, & an unusual appearance for your landscape.
The Cork screw willow tree is native to China and Korea but has been naturalized in the United States to become a beautiful ornamental tree.
Greenish yellow corkscrew willow leaves will emerge in spring as the weather warms up. The green leaves are slender, 4 inches long, and have white undersides that make peaceful noises when they rustle in the wind.
When temperatures drop in the fall, the green leaves will turn to shades of golden yellow to put on a glorious fall color display. Corkscrew willow tortuosa is a deciduous tree so the leaves will fall during winter to go into a dormant state.
The Corkscrew willow branches will twist and turn in all sorts of ways to give the tree its namesake. The twisted and curly branches have a whimsical look and will make the perfect addition to any cut floral arrangement.
This one of a kind Curly willow Corkscrew has weeping branches that give a nice shaded canopy once the pyramidal shape grows into its true form. This shade tree is an excellent choice to take a break under on a hot summer day.
The Chinese corkscrew willow salix has fuzzy yellow-green flowers in spring called catkins and eventually these yellow flowers mature into brown seedpods. Corkscrew willow cuttings are dried to use in cut flower bouquets, table arrangements, or centerpieces. They offer a modern look when paired with flowers and other green foliage.
How to Care For a Corkscrew Willow Tree
The corkscrew weeping willow tree is not picky on soil types and can adapt to most planting spots. They are even tolerant to salt spray and can be planted in coastal areas. Keep soil moist the first year of planting to establish a strong root system.
The corkscrew willow size is up to 20-40 feet tall and 15-30 feet wide at mature size. Plant in full sun or partial shade.
Grow across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 4-8. Full grown corkscrew willows are exceptionally cold hardy and can tolerate temperatures down to -20 F.
How to Prune a Corkscrew Willow Tree
Prune corkscrew willow as needed to remove any dead, diseased, or crossed branches in late winter or early spring. You can also prune in late winter while the specimen tree is bare to collect the contorted branches for your floral projects. Hang upside down to dry until you are ready to get crafty!
The best pruning practice is to prune the twisted willow once a year to promote vigorous growing and a twisted branch structure.
How Fast Do Corkscrew Willow Trees Grow
These corkscrew curly willows are fast growers! The corkscrew willow growth rate is up to 2-3 feet per year during the active growing season letting it get to its mature size quickly.
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Full Sun / Partial Shade
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9