Corkscrew Willow Trees, or Cork Willow, the Salix matsudana Tortuosa is a most unusual willow tree because of its contorted but graceful branching.
The winter branch pattern is the most interesting and ornamental feature of the tree with its contorted limbs, branches, and twigs. Corkscrew Willows can be clumped together with three trees or more to make a multi-trunk form, or can be trimmed to make a single stemmed tree.
Also called the Dragons Claw or Snake willow, you can cut some branches of your Corkscrew Willow in winter to use in floral arrangements.
An easy to grow tree, it will tolerate any soil, especially wet soils with poor drainage. An exceptionally strong and hardy tree is very attractive in the winter with its golden bark. Can be used for Bonsai, specimen or to line a drive or property border. Zones 3 - 10.