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Salix matsudana 'Scarlet Curls'

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

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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


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Provides winter interest

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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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TanteKick 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

Positive Momofaym 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 ..

Positive tps 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?

Positive Terry 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.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Huntsville, Alabama
Smiths, Alabama
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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