The twisted willow tree (Salix matsudana Tortuosa) is a large, aesthetically pleasing tree that’s prized for its characteristic twisting and winding branches. When grown in a large yard, it will add a new sense of style to the atmosphere, enhancing the landscape with a unique look that’s not found in other trees. But if you’re planning to grow twisted willow in your yard, there are a few things you need to know about caring for this specimen.
Twisted Willows Have a Short Lifespan
First and foremost, it’s important to note that the twisted willow has a relatively short lifespan when compared to other trees, with most specimens dying around the age of 10 years. If you’re looking to grow a tree that lasts decades or even generations, it’s best to avoid the twisted willow for this reason. Sure, some specimens may reach 15 or even 20 years, but the majority of twisted willows fail to see their 10th birthday.
Watering a Twisted Willow
Like all trees, the twisted willow needs water to survive. Many homeowners assume that rain is sufficient in keeping their twisted willow hydrated and protected from the dangerous of dehydration, but this isn’t necessarily true. The average twisted willow needs a minimum of one inch of water per week. So if you’re experiencing a drought or minor dry spell, you may want to install a sprinkler nearby to help supplement it with much-needed H2O.
Although twisted willows need water to thrive, too much water will have the opposite effect by leaving the tree susceptible to disease and illness. This is why it’s important that your twisted willow has proper runoff, with water running away from the tree instead of accumulating around the base of the trunk. If water pools up at the trunk, it will continue to seep down into the roots, eventually causing the roots to become waterlogged. This can lead to root rot, decay, and mold growth, all of which can prove fatal to an otherwise healthy twisted willow.
Give it Plenty of Room
Don’t make the mistake of trying to grow a twisted willow next to a deck, driveway, sidewalk, or any other structure. Because these trees have large, fast-growing roots, they may damage nearby structures. When choosing a location to grow your twisted willow, make sure it has plenty of space in all directions.
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