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Dragons-claw Willow in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa'

 

Dragon's-claw Willow

Willow trees can be upright, rounded, weeping, or dwarf. The bark varies in colour, depending on the variety, and the leaves are usually sage green on the top and paler on the underside, pointed at each end, and growing alternately along the twigs. In early Spring they bear tiny flowers, and catkins. 'Dragon's Claw' Willow is a corkscrew type, with branches that twist and turn

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plant Features
  • Dragons-claw Willow likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Dragons-claw Willow likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Dragons-claw Willow is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Dragons-claw Willow likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Dragon's-claw Willow

Latin name

Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa'

type

Trees or Shrubs

family

Salicaceae

ph

5.6 - 7.8 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Dragons-claw Willow likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Dragons-claw Willow is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Dragons-claw Willow likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Dragons-claw Willow likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Dragons-claw Willow is 8.00meters x 15.00meters 8.00 M 15.00 M

Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa'

Willow trees can be upright, rounded, weeping, or dwarf. The bark varies in colour, depending on the variety, and the leaves are usually sage green on the top and paler on the underside, pointed at each end, and growing alternately along the twigs. In early Spring they bear tiny flowers, and catkins. 'Dragon's Claw' Willow is a corkscrew type, with branches that twist and turn


Flowering Season

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

In early Spring catkins appear,

 

Planting Season

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Plant out container grown plants into partial shade of sunny site that is moist but free draining.

 

Propagation by Softwood Cuttings

From Mid Spring TO Early Summer

Take softwood cuttings from new growth early in the day in Spring or early Summer. Cut, neatly, a 4" approx. piece of a non-flowering shoot, pinch out the tip, and cut off the bottom leaves. Dip the bottom of the cutting in hormone rooting powder, and carefully place in a pot of cutting compost with the leaves just above the level of the compost. Water, label, cover with a polythene bag, and place in a warm, bright place, out of direct sunlight. Take the polythene bag off periodically for a while for ventilation (at least twice a week)

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Late Summer TO Early Autumn

Propagate by taking semi- softwood cuttings in late Summer.Take semi- ripe cuttings from this season's growth in Autumn. Cut neatly, just below a leaf node, a 5" approx. piece of a healthy shoot that has soft growth at the tip. pinch out the growing tip, and cut off the bottom leaves. Dip the bottom of the cutting in hormone rooting powder, and carefully place in a pot of cutting compost with the leaves just above the level of the compost. Water, label, cover with a polythene bag, and place in a warm, bright place, out of direct sunlight. Take the polythene bag off periodically for a while for ventilation (at least twice a week)

 
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