If you are attracted by the unusual, unique and different, then the stunning Corkscrew Willow is the tree of choice for your garden. It wows with magnificent upswept branches that take on a convoluted, twisted shape that is quite surreal. They resemble a dragon’s claws or a contorted skeleton - great to delight the teens having a spooky midnight feast in the garden.
Salix 'Tortuosa' has a short trunk and slender, upright stems that begin to curl into arcs. Some of the twigs weep downwards adding to the unusual effect. Spring sees the arrival of small yellow catkins. After the leaves appear, they seem to follow the branches and also take on a curled shape. They are bright green through the spring and summer and fall in the winter, leaving the skeletal tree standing bare with a smooth dark bark, perfect to attract attention.
Plant your Salix 'Tortuosa' in moist, well-drained soil in full sun. it can also withstand more damp conditions if necessary. The tree will reach heights of 6m and a spread of 3m in a 20 year period. If you want to try out your gardening skills, you can choose a multi-stem option with three tor more branches and prune the tree, which enhances the curling effect of the branches.
Plant your Corkscrew Willow where it is not blocked by other tall trees and can stand exposed, showing off its exciting and uniquely tortuous branches. Add to stunning effect and install a few accent lights under the tree. Decorate the surrounding area with dragons, witches and other scary garden ornaments.
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