4ft Corkscrew Willow Tree | Bare Root | Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'

Code: TR0626
4ft Corkscrew Willow Tree | Bare Root | Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'
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4ft Corkscrew Willow Tree | Bare Root | Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'

Architectural tree with twisted & contorted stems that provide year-round interest

Twisted and contorted branches create a unique and interesting landscape specimen and are sought after by florists as they provide an interesting addition to arrangements.

Their copper stems are distinct and create an antique feel which is beautifully contrasted by the fresh, lifeful foliage that adorns it. The twists and spirals of the stems throw the foliage in a spray of directions creating a wild, energetic vagrant of a tree. This willow can be pruned heavily each year to promote vigorous production of young stems. This tree enjoys moist but well-drained soil in a variety of pH levels and soil types so is suitable for planting almost anywhere.

Variety Information

Habit Weeping
Flower Colour Yellow/Green in summer
Foliage Colour Bright Green
Bark Colour Brown
Features Contorted Stems, Architectural Form

Size Information

Supplied As Bare Root
Height on Arrival Height can vary depending on when you purchase your tree, and what rootstock and variety combination you buy.1.2m (4ft)
Age 2 Years with 4 Year Rootstock
Eventual Height & Spread Eventual size depends on both environmental and genetic conditions. 15m x 8m (49 x 26ft)
Optional Extras
  • One Tree Stake and Tie Kit - 1.2m
    Add +
  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
    Add +
  • Tree Planting Kit - Tree Stake, Tie and Empathy Rootgrow
    Add +
  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
    Add +
Selected items will be included with your purchase

Key is to regularly water newly-planted trees, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure you choose a location where your tree has enough space, which you can calculate from a variety's eventual height and spread.

Bare root & containerised trees have different planting requirements. With bare root, it is important to soak your tree's roots in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with containerised trees it is important to drench your tree's rootball. With bare root it can be useful to prune woody roots back a few inches, while with containerised trees, it is important to free any spiralized roots growing around the rootball's circumference. With bare root trees, dig a hole so as to ensure the graft point is above the soil, while with containerised trees, ensure the pot sits no lower than an inch below ground.

Bare root & containerised trees also share planting requirements. Dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball. Stake your tree no more than 2-3 inches from the stem, pointing away from the prevailing wind. Fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Do not compress the soil. Give your tree a good watering. Add mulch on top whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould and stones. Make sure mulch doesn't touch the stem. Tie the stake to your tree, leaving space for growth. Place a rabbit guard around your tree.

Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. Check ties to ensure there is no rubbing. Collect fallen leaves in autumn.

We have developed an eco friendly polypot currently in use across our 9L range. The polypot uses less than 20% of the plastic compared with a normal pot and, unlike most garden center pots, is recyclable. Polypots also prevent root spiraling to encourage a healthier root system.

All trees arrive in a specially made, extra thick, cardboard box with a clamp to hold the pot in place at the bottom of the box. This prevents any movement during transit, keeping your plant safe.

We wrap the roots of our bare root trees and use compost to keep them moist during transport. This extra bit of protection prevents them from drying out and makes sure your tree gets off to a flying start.

We use the same specialised box as our potted trees to ensure safe transit.

Willow trees are easy to grow. Your tree’s growth and output will likely be fine providing you followed our planting and care instructions. Below we address some common queries:

  • Hardiness: Most species of willow are native to the UK, and the species that aren't are from far colder regions, so the UK's mild winters will not affect your tree.
  • Position: Willow trees benefit from being planted in full sun. Planting your tree in a sheltered spot will allow the tree to put more resources into flowering.
  • Soil Types: Soil types are best ignored and remain an unwelcome confusion. Every plant will adapt to its conditions. Having said that, less than ideal conditions will reduce growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your tree of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis, cause its roots to rot and create the perfect environment for many diseases. Similarly, compressed soils can starve a tree of oxygen and water, so do not compress the soil when planting. Aeration can be improved further with mulching.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.4/5 (5 reviews)

Rating: 5/5

"Just what I wanted. With no fuss."

Reviewed Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Rating: 5/5

"A really nice healthy plant and appears to be growing well."

Reviewed Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Rating: 5/5

"Healthy and tall. Planted in tons and now beginning to leaf"

Reviewed Friday, 13 April 2018

Rating: 3/5

"If you are going to supply the tree and stake in separate deliveries send the stake first not 5 days after the tree."

Reviewed Thursday, 1 February 2018

Rating: 4/5

"Good"

Reviewed Monday, 10 April 2017

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