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Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' (Corkscrew willow)

Skill rating
Skill rating
Beginner
skill rating
Maintenance level
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
Ultimate height
15m
Max height
Ultimate spread
Ultimate spread
8m
Max spread
Time to maturity
Time to maturity
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name: Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa'

Other names: Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa', Corkscrew willow, Dragon's claw willow

Genus: Salix Salix

Variety or Cultivar: 'Tortuosa' _ var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' is a mid-sized, deciduous tree with twisted 'corkscrew' branches and bright-green leaves. It bears small, yellow catkins in spring.


Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' is: Deciduous

Flower: Yellow in Spring

Foliage: Bright-green in Summer

Tree shape: Twisted branches, Upright

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests: Aphids , Caterpillars , Leaf beetles (willow and poplar) , Sawflies Aphids , Caterpillars , Leaf beetles (willow and poplar) , Sawflies

Specific diseases: Anthracnose diseases , Rust Anthracnose diseases , Rust

General care

Pruning: Can be hard-pruned or pollarded every 3-4 years.. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...


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Where to grow

Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' (Corkscrew willow) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 8m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses: Architectural, Low Maintenance, Waterside, Wildlife

Cultivation: Plant in deep, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Will grow very fast.

Soil type: Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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Botanical name: Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa'

Other names: Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa', Corkscrew willow, Dragon's claw willow

Genus: Salix Salix

Variety or Cultivar: 'Tortuosa' _ var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' is a mid-sized, deciduous tree with twisted 'corkscrew' branches and bright-green leaves. It bears small, yellow catkins in spring.


Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' is: Deciduous

Flower: Yellow in Spring

Foliage: Bright-green in Summer

Tree shape: Twisted branches, Upright

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Watch out for

Specific pests: Aphids , Caterpillars , Leaf beetles (willow and poplar) , Sawflies

Specific diseases: Anthracnose diseases , Rust

General care

Pruning: Can be hard-pruned or pollarded every 3-4 years.. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...


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Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' (Corkscrew willow) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 8m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses: Architectural, Low Maintenance, Waterside, Wildlife

Cultivation: Plant in deep, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Will grow very fast.

Soil type: Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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