Salix matsudana (s.babylonica var.pekinensis) 'TORTUOSA'

Salix matsudana (s.babylonica var.pekinensis)
Salix matsudana (s.babylonica var.pekinensis) 'TORTUOSA'
dragon's claw willow
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized tree
USUAL HEIGHT 4-8m
USUAL WIDTH 3-6m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES light green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Dragon's claw willow called Tortuosa is possibly the most popular variety of this species. It produces upright, twisted branches which become pendent with age, creating a very romantic scenery, especially with an elegant bench under its wide canopy.

Tortuosa willow has deciduous, soft green, glossy, narrow leaves which exhibit similar twisting like the orange-red branches. Flowers are 4-5 cm long female catkins and are borne in mid spring. Plants grow moderately or fast into a naturally multi-stemmed tree or large shrub. It gets almost as wide as tall with age. If you can afford a tree of this size in your garden it will serve as a beautiful screening plant with small but lush foliage.

Willows will take almost any but too sandy soil, including heavy clay and wet. They are one of the few that can withstand transplantation in full vegetation if constantly watered. They like full sun or very light shade. Hardy to about -30°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 13-12-2016
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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