Curly Willow Tree – Care and Growing Guide

Confused about what tree will be the most appropriate for your garden? Indeed, there are a number of trees out there to choose from. Your choice depends on what view you want to have in your garden. 

The majority of trees take time to grow and can last a lifetime. To plant a tree, there are some basic materials that you use, namely a garden mix and compost, your tree, wooden stakes, tree tie and some staples, and a hammer to attach it with. 

Curly Willow Tree

Features of Curly Willow Tree

Curly willow tree, or sinuous willow, in the wild grows in China, some regions of Manchuria and Korea.

All varieties of curly willow tree belong to the willow family.

Curly willow tree can grow both in the form of a tree, and in the form of a shrub, shrub.

A distinctive feature of almost all varieties of curly willow tree is their rapid growth. The annual growth of young curly willow tree is usually about 1 m, as it grows, the tree adds from 30 to 60 cm per year. 

The height of an adult plant can vary from 3.5 m to 13 m.

Curly shoots of willow can have a greenish, olive, brown, yellowish color, depending on the type and age of the plant.

Curly willow leaves grow on small petioles up to 8 mm in length. Young leaflets may have a slight pubescence; as they grow, their surface becomes smooth. 

Curly Willow

The sheet can reach 10 cm in length and 1.5 cm in width; it has an elongated shape, pointed on one side. In most varieties of willow curly leaves twist in a romantic spiral. 

The upper side of the sheet is painted in a darker green color, and the lower side is in light green, whitish.

Depending on the type of curly willow tree, its crown may have a wide pyramidal, spherical shape. The tree has a positive attitude towards pruning; its crown can be shaped to your liking.

A distinctive feature of curly willows is their ability to strengthen the soil. It is for this reason that these romantic trees are often planted on the slopes in order to strengthen them.

All varieties of curly willow are known not only for their high decorativeness, but also for their excellent ability to purify the air, trap dust, heavy metals. This culture is often grown in city parks and squares.

Growing Curly Willow Tree

growing Curly Willow Tree

As far as Curly willow tree is concerned, we are going to show you the exact way to grow it and to take good care of it. So, read on! 

First off, willows are super easy to grow. You can grow them by using the materials we mentioned above. But you will also need: 

What you need to do before planting it, is to choose the place carefully. It should normally be planted far from buildings, sewer lines, sidewalks, and driveways. You should be spacing your tree wisely, making sure that it’s got enough room to grow. 

A good tip would be to soak the base of the root ball to get it really moist the previous night before continuing the process, and some seaweed tonic. This is going to help with any transplant shock. It is really crucial to do this before putting it in the hole. 

planting Curly Willow Tree

Then, take your willow branch and cut it into 3-inch sections. Make sure to remove all the leaves, but keep the top three or four of them.  Take different bowls, and out each cutting in it, and make sure to put water in it so that it won’t dry. At the same time, take the pots and wash them very profoundly to protect your future-to-be tree from any disease. 

Then dig in the soil, you want to have it about twice as deep as the pot. Adjust it by testing the pot in the hole. Then, fill in the hole with some compost and some garden mix. Let it sit. Then add a little bit of topsoil that you dug out of the hole. The topsoil has a lot of nutrients in it. In the center of each pot, poke a hole and surround it with more holes.

And into the soil, bury each cutting. And on top of each pot, add some soil to top them off. Put each pot in a sunny spot, and water them regularly. When the plant’s size is doubled, transplant them. 

The final step would be to dig one to two feet deep holes. Carefully, place your plant in the middle of the hole, water it and make sure to remove any unneeded roots and limbs. And voila! 

Take Care of Curly Willow Tree

Watering Curly Willow Tree

Curly Willow Tree care guide

Immediately after planting a willow winding, you should make daily watering for a week. So, you can provide comfortable conditions for rooting a tree in a new place.

Young curly willows require more frequent watering and in an increased volume. Under one tree, 2 to 5 buckets may need water 2-4 times a month. 

The larger the tree, the older the tree, the hotter the weather, the more fluid he will need.

Curly adult willow can be watered 2-3 times a week at the rate of 25 liters of water per tree.

The amount and volume of irrigation of curly willow tree can be reduced if the tree grows near a reservoir, in a lowland, periodically flooded area, in a section with closely flowing groundwater. 

Curly Willow family

In these cases, the tree can easily tolerate even long dry periods, since a well-developed root system will take moisture from the ground.

If curly willow tree grows in an open sunny area, then you can water it by sprinkling. In shady and semi-shady places, willow should be watered under the root.

Feeding Curly Willow Tree

If you do not feed curly willow Tree, the tree will still delight you with its decorative appearance. If you want to “enrich” the soil in which willow grows, then consider the following recommendations for fertilizing;

  • as a top dressing, you can use any complex mineral fertilizer or organics;
  • Do not feed the willow winding too often. Enough 2-4 times per season;
  • Be careful with fertilizers that have nitrogen in their composition. Stop using them in the last month of summer. Otherwise, it will be difficult for a tree to go to the stage of “rest” before winter.

Pruning Curly Willow Tree

pruning Curly Willow Tree

Trimming curly willow tree is an important element of care. Willow shoots are formed so quickly that even a single pruning will force you to carry out this procedure annually. 

It is for this reason that some gardeners are inclined to think that it is not necessary to form a winding willow crown at all, since a beautiful openwork crown of a winding willow is formed in a natural way. 

Consider the types of pruning that can still be applied to curly willow tree:

Curly Willow
  • Sanitary Pruning: is the type of pruning that can and should be applied to all varieties of curly willow tree without exception. Pruning is carried out in early spring. It consists in the removal of broken, frozen shoots, which in the future will only spoil the appearance of the willow.
  • Corrective Cropping: This type of pruning allows curly-haired willow to always look neat. To do this, inspect the crown every spring and remove some shoots growing inside the crown, thickening it.
  • Forming Crop: This type of pruning is used when they want to significantly change the shape of the crown. Curly willow tree very quickly builds up new shoots, it lends itself perfectly to creating garden figures – topiary.

Some gardeners want to grow curly willow tree in the form of a bush. This can be achieved by annual cutting of the tree “under the stump”. 

This method is also suitable for growing winding willow varieties that are not frost resistant.

Preparing Willow Curly Tree for Winter

Curly Willow Tree ready for winter

The need for sheltering curly willow tree for the winter directly depends on its variety and age. The winding willows of Matsudan are very beautiful trees, but they are poorly adapted to the climatic conditions of the middle lane. 

If your region is characterized by rather mild winters, then you can leave the willows of Matsudan for the winter, but with the obligatory shelter. Otherwise, you can cut willow “under the stump.” 

Willows of the Sverdlovsk breeding tolerate even the most severe winters. But it’s better to shelter young trees for the winter. 

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Experienced gardeners are advised not to choose lutrasil or other similar materials as covering material. 

Trees under such a shelter very often undergo aging. An ideal way to cover a curly willow for the winter is to cover it under a spruce branch.

Diseases and Pests of Curly Willow Tree

Curly willows are quite resistant to diseases and pests, especially hybrid varieties. In order for you not to have any problems with growing this crop on a personal plot.

It is important to carefully choose planting material, choose the best place for planting curly willow tree , “listen” to tree preferences for soil composition and nature of care, and observe planting technology. 

Otherwise, you may encounter some problems. For example, darkish spots may appear on willow leaves, which may be signs of fungal spotting. 

Curly Willow Tree pests and disease

Promptly get rid of the disease will help you modern drugs. Of pests for winding willow can be dangerous:

  • willow lupus
  • caterpillars
  • aphid
  • aspen leaf beetle
  • poplar leaf beetle
  • spider mite, etc…

Hoping that this guide was very hopeful and that you will benefit from it! Make sure to take good care of your tree and Happy planting!