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Corkscrew Willow

Salix matsudana

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Growing Zones: 4-8
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

20-30 ft.

Mature Width:

15-30 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


30-40 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Salix matsudana

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There's No Weeping with this Willow Tree

Fast growing and full of grace, the Corkscrew Willow will make an eclectic addition to your garden or landscape that will set it apart from all others.

As its name implies, the Corkscrew's interesting branch system twists horizontally and forks vertically, giving it a distinctive look your neighbors will admire.

A Tree with a Twist-There's something for Every Season

As the tree grows, it offers a variety of visual benefits with each season.

Springtime brings delicate buds that sprout upon twisted branches, followed by graceful summertime leaves that help provide shade.

As autumn approaches, the Corkscrew Willow's leaves morph to a brilliant yellow that's sure to draw attention.

Create a Winter Wonderland in your own Backyard

In the winter when the leaves are gone you'll have a fuller appreciation for the Corkscrew Willow's incredible trademark branches.

Take pictures of your magnificent tree with a snow covered backdrop and make your own postcards to send out for the holidays.

You can even create wonderful wreaths from branch clippings!

One of the Fastest Growing Trees you can put in your Landscape

If your growth requirement is speed, this is the tree for you. In fact, the Corkscrew Willow grows so fast you should take that into consideration when determining the planting location.

The great news is it will top out at a nice height of about 30 feet. Full sun, partial shade-even poor soil quality won't faze the growth of the adaptable Corkscrew Willow.

Isn't it time you planted one?

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Customer Reviews

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23 Reviews
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I needed a tree that would not grow too tall or large, had an interesting look, and could survive "wet feet" in clay soil (very poor drainage). The corkscrew willow is that tree. The tree I received from fast-growing trees was large, healthy, and expertly grown and pre-pruned. It arrived less than one week after I ordered it. I received e-mail status updates, which was a plus. How is my tree doing? It is thriving.
July 18, 2016
Clarendon Hills, IL
over 2 years ago
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Lovely so far
I adore corkscrew willows - they're so elegant! So far, just put it in the ground and immediately I saw leaves budding. We'll see how it survives its first Socal Summer, but I did try to give it a lot of shade...
February 26, 2015
over 3 years ago
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Since we planted our willow, we've seen new growth everywhere. I can't wait for it to grow big!
July 17, 2016
over 2 years ago
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I got the 6-7 ft tree and it was just over 6 ft. It likes its spot and seem to be fine. Must be focused on root establishment as no noticeable growth yet.
May 27, 2017
1 year ago
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Nice Addition
So far the Corkscrew Willow is doing good. Does have some new growth.
June 8, 2017
1 year ago
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I am delighted with all the purchases from Fast Growing Trees. I have posted photos of the house in 2011 - a short five years ago - and the outside garden plan. Those 2 photos were actually taken last years and there has been considerable progress since. The trees have always arrived promptly and in good condition. I have the holes ready for them and suggest purchasing the kit so the transition to their new home goes well.
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American Hornbeam - bought from Fast Growing Trees April 2013 is the centerpiece of our front garden
Our newest addition Corkscrew Willow is very happy!
July 14, 2016
west hempstead, NY
over 2 years ago
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Tree arrived safe, great packaging. Once planted it has established and is doing great. All ready has some growth on it.
May 9, 2017
1 year ago
It came the first week of June. I don't have a green thumb but followed all the instructions with unpacking it and planting. At first I thought it went into shock and lost all its leaves and wasn't going to survive especially where I live we have strong winds. I kept caring for her and now she is growing new leaves and is doing wonderful. Great strong tree. I have 10 acres and hope to plan on another in the future.
July 7, 2017
1 year ago
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Good tree and fast growing
Good fast growth, it's pretty plain right now, hope it starts growing a larger canopy as it settles in
June 20, 2017
1 year ago
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Four orders so far and all are thriving. I never write reviews unless something goes wrong, and nothing has. Thanks!
June 6, 2017
1 year ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Corkscrew Willow

Corkscrew Willow Planting Diretions

Corkscrew willows provide a pleasing visual effect through their display of curved branches. As the name implies, the branches grow in a spiral, corkscrew fashion twisting horizontally and forking vertically. In springtime you’ll see delicate buds that sprout upon twisted branches, followed by graceful summertime leaves. As autumn approaches, the leaves morph to a brilliant yellow that’s sure to draw attention. They generally perform best in full to partial sun and grow well in USDA growing zone 4-8. This particular variety (Salix Matsudana) is a fast grower and matures to the height of 20-30 feet and a width of 15-30 feet.

Location: When planting Corkscrew willow trees, find a site that offers full to partial sun. Plant in a moist location away from underground utilities, sidewalks, driveways and patios for best results.

Planting Instructions: Select a site with well draining soil for your Corkscrew Willow.

1) Dig your hole 3 times the width and slightly shallower than the root ball.
2) Loosen the soil, in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the roots of your Corkscrew Willow and gently position downward in the hole. The top of the root flare (where the roots end and the trunk begins) should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site tamping down the soil as you go.
5) Apply water to settle the soil and remove the air pockets then mulch to retain soil moisture.

Mulching: Protect the roots in winter against the chill by applying a thick layer of pine needles, bark or wood mulch. Keep the mulch about 2 inches from the trunk as it will promote rot and fungus if touching the tree. The mulch will also help with keeping the soil moist and keep competing growth away from the planting site.

Watering: Water Corkscrew Willow weekly 2-3 times a week so the soil stays moist during the first growing season. After the first year, you will only need to water once weekly unless during times of extreme heat or drought.

Fertilizing: This tree doesn’t normally require fertilizing but if the leaves are pale and the growth is slow, you can fertilize in spring with a well balanced fertilizer using a 10-10-10 formula.

Pruning: Prune Corkscrew Willow regularly during the growing season to remove dead branches for a healthier tree.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
I am looking for a fast growing tree and beauty
Gino C on Jul 20, 2018
We have several willows around our pond. The corkscrew is so different and I use the branches for crafts.
Deborah T on Jun 20, 2018
I am looking for a fast growing tree and beauty
Gino C on Jul 20, 2018
Needed a tree for a space in my backyard and this is unique and perfect!
tracey R on Jun 29, 2018
We have several willows around our pond. The corkscrew is so different and I use the branches for crafts.
Deborah T on Jun 20, 2018
Fast growing
Miguel M on Jun 19, 2018
I was looking for something different and had some personality. I like the way it looks.
Barbara S on May 12, 2018
Mother's Day
Josh W on Apr 30, 2018
it was a different kind of tree
Patricia R on Apr 16, 2018
I've seen adult corkscrews and they are as advertised. It's just a cool looking tree!
Matthew M on Sep 21, 2017
Unique shape and has been a favorite since childhood!
richard m on Sep 14, 2017
I need a fast growing tree with good roots to keep an embankment from eroding away.
Unique, ...the right size at full growth to provide some screening without too much overs shading. Hope it will be like the pictures depicted.
Joanna H on May 21, 2017
Needed an accent tree for the front yard. We have a Weeping Willow in the Southeast quarter acre the Corkscrew Willow will be in the Northeast quarter acre. The entire property will be surrounded by Leyland Cypress. Our private Oasis here in North West Texas.
Rick B on Apr 7, 2017
Diversity in my trees
Nancey M on Nov 1, 2016
I planted a pair of these trees in a low region on my property at my previous home on Long Island, NY and loved the look of them. I know from my past history with this type of tree that it tolerates (thrives, actually) wet ground. We are now living in a suburb West of Chicago, IL where we have clay soil with poor drainage. I will be replacing a dwarf plum tree that I planted last year (Spring 2015) that "drowned" with this corkscrew willow.
Robert P on Jun 27, 2016
I can't wait to get this tree. I have a dappled willow and it is growing so fast, it is just beautiful. I live in Wis. Can't wait to see this one.
Lisa K on Jun 19, 2016
really pretty twisty branches. Interesting even in the winter when the leaves are gone.
Terri N on Jun 16, 2016
Saw in front yard corner planting of a front porch. Magnificent .
Erin C on Jun 9, 2016
I like its shape and wanted such a tree planted near my bird feeding station
William H on Mar 3, 2016
I always wanted a willow tree, but not the weeping part....I love the way it looked in the picture...
Kathy B on Feb 23, 2016
Needed a tree for a space in my backyard and this is unique and perfect!
tracey R on Jun 29, 2018
Fast growing
Miguel M on Jun 19, 2018
is this tree deer resistant?
Barbara S on Mar 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are deer resistant, please keep in mind that if a deer gets hungry enough it will eat anything.
when can we transplant this tree safely?
A shopper on Oct 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Early Spring before the buds break if possible but only once the frost is gone. This gives it all summer and fall to build strength for winter cold. Im in zone 5,,,
is a weeping willow a evergreen?
Kelly F on Apr 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is deciduous so it will shed its leaves over the winter.
What is the lifespan of this willow?
Layne S on May 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Approximately 15 years.....although it is rather short, it is very easy to propogate yourself and start new trees from so you can always have one or two in your yard. It grows fast and it a very beautiful tree.
Does this come in a dwarf variety that will top out at 15 feet or so?
Johnda S on Apr 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We do not carry this in a dwarf variety.
Should a corkscrew willow ever be pruned?
Jenny L on Nov 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have not done anything to mine but watch it grow. And it’s doing beautiful.
Can you plant this near a pond? My pond has fish and turtles and I know they say some trees are toxic to water animals.
Lynn H on Jun 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Only at very high levels. It would take many years for any toxic levels to affect a pond and that would have the branches and leaves submerged in the water, for long periods of time.
Does the curly willow have a weeping habit?
S W on Aug 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The twisting nature of the branches offsets the "weeping" effect, so the corkscrew is more uplifting than it is down growing.
Has anyone tried to grow this tree in South Florida?
Jes K on Apr 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-8. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Is this tree ok to plant on a parking strip?
Aubree M on Apr 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't - they get quite large with branches that grow to the ground like a weeping willow. I love mine, it grows fast and has beautiful branches.

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