Curly Locks Weeping Willow - Knowledgebase Question

Seattle, Wa
Question by tophercoggin
May 26, 2008
I just purchased this tree over the weekend and the tag was mainly destroyed. I'd like to know the growing habit of the tree, height, width and care suggestions. No other trees were in the nursery so need help. Thanks

Answer from NGA
May 26, 2008


Your Curly Locks Willow is Salix caprea 'Curly Locks' and it is hardy to about zone 4 (you're in zone 5). It grows best in full sun in average but well draining soil. It will read a mature height of 8' with a width of 6'. The foliage will turn yellow in the fall and your tree will produce catkins in the early spring. The branches are twisted into odd angles and leaves curl tightly; the white catkins fade to yellow as they mature.

To plant, dig a hole slightly deeper and wider than the nursery pot then lay the tree on its side and slide it out of the pot. Loosen the roots slightly and set the tree in the planting hole. You'll want it to set at the same soil level as it was growing in the container. Backfill with native soil, gently tamp it down, then water thoroughly to help settle the soil. To help your new tree establish its roots be sure to water deeply once each week during the growing season.

You have a very interesting specimen tree so plant it somewhere in your landscape where you can admire it!

Best wishes with your new tree.

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