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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 30 ft average but up to 40 ft in warmer zones
Leaves: Good fall color
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Dynamic Accumulator: Mg (Magnesium)
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Bees

Common names
  • Corkscrew Willow
  • Curly Willow
  • Dragon's Claw Willow
  • Pekin Willow
  • Hankow Willow
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Salix babylonica var. matsudana
  • Synonym: Salix matsudana

  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 4, 2021 12:39 PM concerning plant:
    I remember this tree being used occasionally in the 1970's & 80's the most. I remember one person propagating some by putting cut stems into old coke bottles full of water to root. I remember several places that had some trees about 30 feet high in the mid-1980's in the west suburbs of Chicago. Many of them at that older age of being about 25 or 30 years old and that size were dying off from canker disease. I don't recommend this fast growing tree that is contorted as being a good ornamental because of its weak wood, dirtiness of fallen twigs, and dying off in that humid region of canker disease after about 20 to 30 years. I finally saw one again in June of 2021 while visiting relatives in Des Plaines, IL. I have seen a very few in the Philadelphia, PA region. I think that cheap mail order nurseries are still offering them in the Midwest and East US. This tree is from China.
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