Salix matsudana 'Golden Curls' - Curly,
Corkscrew, Peking willow
Formerly: Salix babylonica
There are many
varieties of the larger Peking willow. However,
this is a smaller clone preferred by the Japanese
for flower arrangements, where it is used both
fresh and dried. In colder climates, it is not
as prone to die back, thus preserving the twisted
Highly ornamental and non-invasive,
Salix Golden Curls can be used in smaller areas.
Nonetheless, one would wise to keep it well away
from septic fields, which is the case with any
S. matsudana 'Tortuosa, (S. babylonica var.
pekinensis) will grow to a height of 15 - 20'
in just 3 to 4 seasons, then slow down and fill
out, eventually reaching around 30' after 8 to
Suitable for seaside conditions.
There are two ways to grow this plant - pruned
or left to grow to its natural form. Read our
page about pruning
willows to find out more about coppicing and
the resulting different plant form with an emphasis
on colorful stems for winter interest.
Description: small tree; 6-9
m (20-30'); contorted reddish-gold new growth;
outstanding ornamental throughout the year
Conditions: full sun to part
shade; thrives in poor soil; drought tolerant;
prune for desired effect.
Coldest zone: 4 (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
The snow picture was taken in October and is
of a group of two year old plants that are coppiced
in the late winter every year.
Comparison of willow
stems and leaves
Lists of various willow