About The Corkscrew Willow tree, Salix
matsudana, 'Tortuosa' :
The Corkscrew Willow tree, Salix
matsudana, 'Tortuosa', is a small to medium-sized, upright spreading
tree of about 30 feet in height with a 15-foot-spread. This
deciduous tree is also known as Tortuosa or Dragon's Claw Willow.
The main ornamental feature of this plant is the contorted and
twisted branches and twigs. Branches arise from the trunk at an
acute angle and grow up almost parallel to the trunk before they
curve back to the horizontal.
The winter branch pattern is most interesting and accounts for the
popularity of the tree. Corkscrew Willow trees tolerate any soil,
especially wet soils with poor drainage. It is a fast growing tree
with narrow light green leaves.