Corkscrew Willow - 'Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa''The Corkscrew Willow is a type of weeping willow that is often classified as a smaller ornamental and shade tree. Originally native to China, it is loved by many for the spiral and twisting manner of its twigs and branches. Commonly used for bonsai growing and floral arrangements, the Corkscrew Willow makes an excellent show piece. It has yellow fall color and is more drought tolerant than the typical Weeping Willow. While it can be a spectacular specimen near the edge of a body of water or in bonsai planting, its wood is considered weak and it should not be used as a lawn specimen. Litter from leaves, twigs, and branches may be a problem and shallow roots can affect water and sewer lines. Corkscrew Willows are dioecious, with male and female flowers.
||Corkscrew Willow, Corkscrew Weeping Willow, Hankow WIllow, Curly Willow, Dragon's Claw, Globe Willow|
||Deciduous Ornamental and Shade Tree|
||Leaves are alternate, simple, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 3 to 6 inches long, 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide, acuminate, cuneate, serrate, light green above, grayish green beneath, with distinct venation, and glabrous. Leaves turn yellow before falling in the fall.|
||30 to 40 feet in height with a comparable spread.|
||Zone 6 to 8. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.|
||With a broad rounded crown that weep to the ground, the Weeping Willow has pendulous branching and a short trunk.|
||It is dioecious, with male and female flowers. Flowers are silvery green catkins on separate male and female trees.|
|Diseases & Insects:
||Blights, powdery mildew, leaf spots, cankers, aphids, scale, borers, lacebugs and caterpillars.|
||Excellent specimen for bonsai planting. Unique for its twisting growth and beautiful along bodies of water. Provides some shade when mature. A very picturesque tree for landscape designs when used properly.|
||Enjoys average, medium to wet, well-drained soils. Avoid dry soils.|
||Water regularly after initial planting and prune in winter or early spring as necessary to maintain form and desired shape.|
||Fertilize an area three times the canopy spread of the tree 1 to 2 times a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Only fertilize an established tree.
||Dig a hole three times the diameter of the root system, with a depth no deeper than the original soil line on trunk. Break up the soil to the finest consistency possible. Place plant in hole and fill, compacting the fill dirt. Water the plant heavily to seal soil around the roots and remove air pockets. Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.