Origin: China (cultivated variety)
Corkscrew willow is a tall shrub or small to medium tree with contorted and twisted branches, twigs and leaves.Read more about Tree, Bark, Twigs
Leaves are lance-shaped and curled.Read more about Leaves
Flowers are tiny, green, clustered in catkins.Read more about Flowers
The sterile fruits are green, pointed capsules, clustered in catkins.Read more about Fruit
Corkscrew willow is a cultivated variety (cultivar) of Salix matsudana, Hankow willow, which is native to China and Korea. All corkscrew willows are clones from a female tree. They cannot be propagated by seed.
Derivation of names
The genus name Salix is the classical Latin name for willow. The species name matsudana honours the Japanese botanist Sadahisa Matsudo. The varietal name 'Tortuosa' means twisted.
Corkscrew willow is sold as an ornamental tree. Its branches are commonly used for flower arranging.
Corkscrew willow's place in Toronto's urban forest
Corkscrew willow's distinctive twisted branches add an interesting texture to the urban forest, especially in winter. It is sometimes planted in Toronto's parks.
Landscape value and potential for home plantingCorkscrew willow is a small, novel tree that will grow in small spaces. It is relatively drought tolerant but its weak branches are susceptible to wind damage and it is fairly short-lived.
Pests and diseases: Corkscrew willow is susceptible to infection by canker.
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