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Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' | Corkscrew Willow - 400-410cm, 55lt

Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' | Corkscrew Willow - 400-410cm, 55lt

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Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' is a medium-sized, very ornamental, deciduous willow tree of upright habit, known for its fantastic spirally contorted branches, pendant when mature, especially attractive in winter. It has long, narrow, twisted, dark green leaves and inconspicuous, female, long, yellow catkins in spring. Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' can adapt to a wide range of soils, but prefers deep, moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Best to be grown in sunny sites and moist soils and avoid dry conditions. Tolerant of light shade. It is resistant to frost and exposed positions. Low maintenance plant, doesn’t require pruning. Dragon's Claw Willow 'Tortuosa' is the most popular variety of this species. Outstanding and decorative, it is perfect as a specimen plant in large gardens and can create a very romantic scenery in the garden. It has perfect winter silhouette and looks great all year round. Unfortunately, it is not very long lived.
  • Common Name

    Dragon's Claw Willow, Corkscrew Willow

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous tree

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To


  • Flower

    inconspicuous, female, long, yellow catkins

  • Foliage

    long, narrow, twisted, dark green leaves

  • Maturation period

    20–50 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

more than 12m

Mature Width


Shape / habit

bushy, weeping

Preferred Location


South–facing or East–facing or North–facing or West–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full sun

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period




spring, summer, autumn



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