Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'

Dragon's Claw Willow, Contorted/Corkscrew Willow

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Fast, 3-6' per year with an oval-rounded crown.
Mature Height - 20-30' some to 50'
Mature Width - 20-30'
Longevity - Short lived 50 years or less, cut back heavily to encourage vigrous shoots.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Catkins 1" long, not visually significant.
Fruit - Strobile 1" long.
Leaf - Leaves are lance-shaped, curled and twisted.
Fall Color - Yellowish-green
Bark - Young stems initially yellowish and smooth, becoming brown, rough and fissured with age.
Other Features - Gray- brown gnarled and contorted branches. Brings interest to winter landscape.
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Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Grown in medium-to-wet soils in full sun. Prune as needed in late winter to early spring. Easily propagated. Zones 5-8
Native Habitat - Species native to China and Korea. Cultivar 'Tortuosa' named from a cutting received by Arnold Arboretum in 1923, entered commerce during 1930s.
Diseases and Insects - Susceptible to cankers, and many diseases and insects. Has been reported to be salt tolerant.
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