Corkscrew Willow (Salix matsudana ‘Tortuosa’) –
Corkscrew Willow ‘Tortuosa’, commonly called dragon’s claw willow, is an upright female clone that usually grows 20-30’ tall and 10-15’ wide. Narrow, lanceolate (an oval shape that tapers to a point at each end of the leaf), with finely toothed leaves (6” long and 3/4” wide) that are light green above and gray green underneath. Fall color is usually greenish yellow. This tree is most recognized for its twisted branches and it is mainly grown to show off this unusual growth. Winter is the best time to see the contorted branching after the leaves have fallen off. Additional common names for ‘Tortuosa’ is corkscrew willow, rattlesnake willow and contorted willow.
Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) –
Commonly called weeping willow or Babylon weeping willow, is a medium to large deciduous tree with a stout trunk topped by a graceful broad-rounded crown of branches that sweep downward to the ground. It grows to 30-50’ tall and wide. Many believe that this is the best form of weeping willow. They naturalize well around the edge of a pond with its branches gracefully weeping down to touch the water, however, it is often very difficult to site this tree in a residential landscape. Narrow, lanceolate (an oval shape that tapers to a point at each end of the leaf), with finely toothed leaves (6” long and 3/4” wide) that are light green above and gray green underneath. Fall color is usually uninteresting greenish yellow. Bark is gray black, branchlets are brown or green. Male and female non-showy catkins are silvery green (1” long) that appear in April through May, on separate male and female trees.