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Cultural Details for Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'

Common Name:
Dragon's Claw Willow, Contorted/Corkscrew Willow

Growth Rate:
Fast, 3-6' per year with an oval-rounded crown.

Average Mature Height:
20-30' some to 50'

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Catkins 1" long, not visually significant.

Fruit Details:
Strobile 1" long.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Young stems initially yellowish and smooth, becoming brown, rough and fissured with age.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Susceptible to cankers, and many diseases and insects. Has been reported to be salt tolerant.

Native Habitat:
Species native to China and Korea. Cultivar 'Tortuosa' named from a cutting received by Arnold Arboretum in 1923, entered commerce during 1930s.

Other Features:
Gray- brown gnarled and contorted branches. Brings interest to winter landscape.

Culture and Care:
Grown in medium-to-wet soils in full sun. Prune as needed in late winter to early spring. Easily propagated. Zones 5-8

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
3090, 3100, 3110, 3120, 3150

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.