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Corkscrew Willow Tree

Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'
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Be the envy of the neighborhood with this fun and funky tree! Don't just like your landscape; love it with the Corkscrew Willow!

This isn't the boring, old tree next door! This unique willow boasts branches that twist and curl and curve and twist again. You'll love the dainty, but tough green willow leaves that also have a hint of the same twisted nature as the branches. It's rare to find a tree this size that is fast growing, but this tree grows to 20-30 feet tall and about 15-20 feet wide and is just that! Plan for the Corkscrew Willow to grow over 2 feet in a year. This groovy, fast growing tree grows in full sun to part shade and is adaptable to just about any soil. It will tolerate drier soil that it's Willow siblings, but does enjoy a moist, well-draining soil so avoid allowing the soil to go completely dry. This tree is deer and salt tolerant as well as disease resistant and low maintenance.

This willow is easy to grow and doesn't require pruning. If you do prune this tree do so in the dormant season and save those cuttings for super cool bouquets! Water is all this tree needs to thrive when planted in an ideal location. To reduce water requirements, mulch this tree in with about 3 inches of mulch.

Transform your landscape by adding a single tree! Say, "I am fun, funky, and fancy free" with the Corkscrew Willow! Get your new, favorite tree today before they sell out!

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Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 20-30 Feet
Mature Width 15-20 Feet
Fall Color Yellow

How To Care

When planting your Corkscrew Willow tree be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new tree to thrive. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid extreme temperatures you can plant your Willow tree almost any time of the year.

Corkscrew Willows thrive in full sun to part shade and are adaptable to almost any soil as long as it isn't dry. Water deeply 2-3 times weekly for the first 3 months after planting. This helps the tree's roots establish properly. You want to continue to keep the ground moist, especially for the first 2 years. Try using a Treegator and/or adding 2-3 inches of mulch to your young tree to reduce hand watering needs. Water your mature tree in dry periods. If your tree needs a boost, fertilize in early spring with our slow release fertilizer. Corkscrew Willows don't generally require pruning, but, if needed, prune when they are dormant in winter or early spring to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches, or to maintain shape. This Willow is deer and salt tolerant.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. Corkscrew Willows rarely have issues with disease and are even resistant to Verticillium Wilt. Fungal issues can arise on occasion however. Usually treating after infection isn't extremely effective, so if you have problems yearly treat in early spring with fungicides to prevent infection. Scale and aphids can affect Willows. You can treat these pests naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. For severe infections you can use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 20-30 Feet
Mature Width 15-20 Feet
Fall Color Yellow

Landscape Ideas

The Corkscrew Willow is the perfect specimen tree for just about any yard. Try this tree as the focal point of your meditation garden or peaceful oasis.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 20-30 Feet
Mature Width 15-20 Feet
Fall Color Yellow

Shipping Details

We plan each shipment to avoid your plants sitting in transit over the weekend during the summer months. This means your order may be held until the following Monday to ensure the shortest delivery time. We guarantee that your plants arrive at the highest quality possible.

Please see the below transit map that specifies an average amount of days after your order has shipped.

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Joanne A.
United States

Corkscrew Willow Tree

Excellent! Tree was healthy and beautiful, and well packed. I love it!!!! It was especially nice to be informed by email and later a phone message to inform me my tree was on its way!

Donna L.
United States

Corkscrew willow

My tree was received a day later than promised, but it's bigger than I expected and seems healthy. Planting and care instructions are excellent. So far, so good.

Crystal Graves


My tree looked absolutely nothing like the picture presented above. I understand that sometimes they make look a bit different but the one I received looks like a sad ****. I bought 2 dynamite crape myrtles as well but they look fantastic. Hope you have better luck if you buy one of these

PlantingTree™ Online Garden Center

Thank you for the feedback. We are so sorry to hear that you are experiencing an issue with your plant. Please send us a few photos to the email below so that we can further assist you:

Chris B.
Port Orchard, WA

Transporting Struggles

I ordered 2 corkscrew willows. When they came, one came with leaves and thrived when I planted it, the other came dead. The seller then sent a replacement for the dead tree. When it came, it appeared that it was sent in good condition. However, after the 11 days it took for transit, it came completely dead with the leaves shriveled up. I could not revive it. Transit is a problem for Planting Tree. I would have been willing to pay for overnight transit to get a living tree. Ugh

Marinella R.
United States

So far, so good ...

The tree was sent quickly and was well packaged. It came a couple of days later than expected, but that was due to an issue with Fedex. The tree looks very healthy and it's taller than I expected, but it's still dormant so I will have to wait until Spring to give my final verdict.

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