Corkscrew Willow, Curly Willow, Pekin Willow, Hankow Willow, Twisted-Twig Willow 'Scarlet Curls'

Salix matsudana

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salix (SAL-iks) (Info)
Species: matsudana (mat-soo-DAY-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Scarlet Curls



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Provides winter interest

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

Smiths, Alabama

Yarnell, Arizona

San Pedro, California

Vallejo, California

Clifton, Colorado

Morrison, Colorado

Winter Haven, Florida

Louisville, Kentucky

Smiths Grove, Kentucky

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Sandwich, Massachusetts

Hallsville, Missouri

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Boone, North Carolina

Clayton, North Carolina

Barberton, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

Dundee, Ohio

Edmond, Oklahoma

Bristol, Pennsylvania

Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

Clinton, South Carolina

Seymour, Tennessee

Harlingen, Texas

Livingston, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Lottsburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 29, 2011, TanteKick from San Pedro, CA wrote:

I gathered a few of the branches from the curly willow from a funeral arrangement. We were asked to take something home with us, as it is a custom in this Japanese family. To my amazement they rooted in the water with no effort and I planted them in pots. They have lived in these pots outside for 5 years and they easily stay only a few feet tall. They bloom with caterpillar like pods that blow off in the wind and proceed to root in any area in my garden. I'm glad to hear how invasive they are in the ground as I will dig them out and plant them in pots. I am in So. Calif. and everything grows here. Hope this helps


On Sep 3, 2010, Momofaym from Clayton, NC wrote:

New to the site and thanks for all your input on the Corkscrew willow tree! I planted one in my front yard this year, it is growing fast and I love the look of it! I had no idea about the root system and I planted it close to the driveway... hopefully I'll have no problem with that in the future. Thanks again for all the valuable information on this tree!! By the way I am in central NC ..


On Aug 2, 2003, tps from Rowlett, TX wrote:

I started this tree 6 years ago when we moved to Texas. I worked for a florist and she gave me a branch, which I rooted and planted. It stays in a pot on the patio but I would like to plant in the yard. I have always heard willows have shallow roots and can damage drives, walks, etc. Anyone have any suggestions?


On Jul 18, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Boasts bright red color in the new growth, providing winter interest as well as a pleasing form when leafed out.

Like all willows, it will grow most vigorously in moist, cool soil and temperate climates.