Weeping Corkscrew Willow: A Tree with
The Weeping Corkscrew Willow is a sun-loving plant that can grow in zones 4-10. These trees prefer moist soil,
and they can thrive in moist areas with little drainage. Because of this, they are often a feature seen on the
sides of lakes and ponds. As a deciduous tree, it will lose its leaves over the winter. Willows are some of the
fastest growing trees, and some can grow up to six feet in only one year depending on planting conditions and
What draws people to this tree? The answer to that would be the branches. As the name implies, the Weeping
Corkscrew Willow has contorted branches that are a sight to behold, especially in the winter when they are
highlighted in snow. Many people will use the bare branches for floral arrangements and crafts. Either way, this
tree definitely stands out from the usual Maple or Oak seen in most yards, and this causes it to be sought
Weeping Corkscrew Willows are popular in wetter climates, and they do well in areas where rain collects.
However, the roots can spread out rapidly, so make sure that there is ample room for your tree to grow. Once it is
established, though, a willow is a very hardy tree that will be with you for a long time.
Another remarkable thing about this tree is that it is fairly simple to start another tree from a cutting. Cut a
healthy twig around ten inches long and place it in water until it grows roots. From there, it can be planted
outside and you have a second willow tree!
Unfortunately, any tree in the willow category comes with its set of problems. Because willows are made of a
softer wood, they become susceptible to borer damage. Borers are insects that will burrow into the trunks or
branches of a tree. Not only do they leave unsightly entry holes, but they can kill the tree from the inside out.
They are also known to stunt the growth of trees. One telltale sign of borers is sawdust at the entry hole. If you
believe that your tree has this problem, it would be advised to ask a tree care professional about the matter
before trying any chemicals on the tree.
In all, the Weeping Corkscrew Willow is a unique tree that can become a staple in your landscape for years to