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Salix babylonica - 'Tortuosa' (Twisted Willow)

Type Tree, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Compact Rounded Tree, Architectural Form
Size Small Tree (1.5 to 3m height)
Colours Yellow Flowers (Winter), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Salix babylonica - Cultivation Notes

This shrubby willow flourishes on moist / wet soils of any type in part / full sun. It is fast growing, and will require pruning to produce distinctive twisted growth there - it is fast growing and should be planted well away from house.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Salix babylonica:

  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Produces winter flowers

Weaknesses of Salix babylonica

  • Invasive/spreading root growth
  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Salix babylonica:

  • Added winter interest from attractive bark or stems

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