Corkscrew Willows

The Corkscrew Willow, also known as the Chinese Willow, has been introduced into many areas as an ornamental tree, including Australia, Europe and North America. A particularly popular cultivar is Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa', the "Corkscrew Willow" (also known as the Hankow Willow, Curly Willow, Globe Willow or Dragon's Claw), in which the branches and twigs grow in a spiral, twisting manner. As a result of the ornamental shape of the branches and twigs, this cultivar is commonly used as a bonsai plant and for floral arrangements. 

Another cultivar of hybrid origin between Chinese Willow and White Willow is 'Austree'; this is an exceptionally fast-growing cultivar with straight (not contorted) branches, sold for screening and fast tree cover.

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Corkscrew Willow
Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Growth Rate:

Moisture Required:

Keep moist until established.  Then it is adaptable and hardy.
Sun Required:

Full Sun to Partial Sun

Soil Types:
Able to grow in many soils, especially poor soils and those with poor drainage.
Hardiness Zones:
4 - 8    See map chart below.
Flower Color:
Inconspicuous and not showy

Foliage Color:

Fall Foliage Color:


Mature Height:
20 - 40 feet
Mature Spread:
15 - 30 feet
Mature Form:
Symmetrical canopy with regular (smooth) outline.  It features ornamental, contorted, twisted branches and twigs which are often used in decorating and floral arrangements.