The Corkscrew Willow tree is a unique specimen that could undoubtedly be
noteworthy in one's yard. It's twisted, and gnarled limbs provide
uniqueness and freshness, which is often lacking with run-of-the-mill
landscaping. They are best seen during fall when the leaves have fluttered
to the ground leaving the spectacle of the contorted limbs. The leaves also
put on a colorific display with their yellow splash.
The Corkscrew Willow is also appropriately called Dragon's Claw. Spring is
a wonderful time to enjoy this tree with its pale, yellow catkins providing
color and unique texture. During summer, their leaves are green and flap
nicely in the breeze revealing their white underside. The leaves have been
described as lance-shaped, which is also an exciting feature. The tree is
unusual with its leaves and limbs, which provide a remedy to ordinary
Corkscrew Willows can reach up to 20-30 feet tall and develop a round
appearance. It has good tolerance to drought and grows quickly. Corkscrew
Willows can flourish in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 8. They are
best planted anytime during spring or summer and should be located away
from buildings, sidewalks, and driveways due to their shallow root system.
They are well adapted to different soil types, including clay, loam, or
sand. The best conditions for the Corkscrew Willow is full sunlight and
moist soil. Mulch is recommended for this tree as it helps keep in the
moisture which maintains ideal growing conditions.
The Corkscrew Willow has a lot to recommend it to those hoping to
cultivate a visually appealing landscape. With its attractive appearance,
it provides excellent value and can be grown in a variety of places. It
proliferates and reaches a mature height, which isn't too tall. It is also
a favorite for floral design and interior decoration.