Corkscrew Willow, Salix babylonica Tortuosa, is an unmistakable plant with with weeping branches and the famous corkscrew-like young stems. These curl around in uneven spirals, producing wavy, contorted leaves. It is a small to medium sized tree and very ornamental in winter, when the bare branches are fully visible. The young shoots are famous for use in flower arrangements. They both look great and last for ages because they put out roots in the vase and carry on growing! Corkscrew Willow can be grown as a screening tree up to about 8 metres high. Corkscrew Willow is a famous subject for bonsai.
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Corkscrew Willow trees are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
All of our young trees and shrubs are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
This popular tree is known by many names worldwide.
Salix babylonica Tortuosa or Salix matsudana Tortuosa
History & uses of Salix babylonica Tortuosa: Although this is Chinese tree, the name Salix matsudana comes from the Japanese botanist Sadahisa Matsudo. He compiled the first modern books on Chinese plants in the late 1800s, around the time of the last Chinese dynasty.