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Botanical name: Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa'
Other names: Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa', Corkscrew willow, Dragon's claw willow
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
Stem: Green-brown in Spring
Tree shape: Twisted branches, Upright
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Plant with: Scilla bifolia (Alpine squill)
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...
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.
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I have just taken delivery of the Salix Tortuosa. It only has a 6inch trunk and 6 branches coming from that extending to 5ft. How do I shape it so the trunk grows taller, so it looks like a tree a child would draw? At the moment it looks like a strange shrub
do i take a cutting and put root powder on it and plant it or do i take a cutting an leave it in a bottle of water until it grows roots then plant it ? any tips would be great .
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This 'Salix' has beutifully twisted branches and it is nice plant to spice up your winter garden. As the plant is very architectural, the branches can also be used as interior decoration and for flower arrangements.
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