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Dragon's Claw Willow
Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'
Height: 30 feet
Spread: 25 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
An unusual specimen tree prized for its gnarled, twisted branches, providing great winter interest; upright spreading habit, best used as a solitary for maximum effect; tends to drop branchlets, aggressive root system, so do not plant near homes
Dragon's Claw Willow has green foliage throughout the season. The twisted narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit is ornamentally significant. The twisted bark and gray branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.
Dragon's Claw Willow is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance tree and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Dragon's Claw Willow is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Dragon's Claw Willow will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner-city environments. This is a selected variety of species not originally from North America.