Salix Golden Curls aka Curly, Corkscrew, Peking willow, Golden Twisted Willow
The catalogue lists the Salix Golden Curls as a charming tree which we assume means something else than opens doors for you. A fast growing tree as with most willows and the golden twisted stems make it immediately stand out from most other trees except Corylus Contorta and Robinia Lace Lady, as they have similar branch characteristics.
Considered a small tree so you should expect a height of around 6m at the 10 year point which marks the end of the juvenile period. Most juvenile endings come with increased conversation and a relationship deepening, unfortunately this doesn't happen with Salix Golden Curls. It will continue to not speak back, give you the cold shoulder and spend most of its time in a place you are not. It could go on to grow to 10m but this entirely depends on the local environment and its mood. Expect it to be around twice the height as it is wide.
If you are into flower arranging, the young shoots are commonly used in this field. We suggest taking a random approach to taking the leaves as a logical OCD approach to removing them would result in one side of the tree being bald.
Salix Golden Curls has very attractive bark to the point where people may say "hey, that tree has attractive bark", to which you will probably say "What the hell are you doing in my garden, pick up your picnic blanket and clear off".
When asked about its habit, we seriously try to resist the urge to say it doesn't have any and is very well behaved, however we are fully aware this means the shape. It is considered to have a weeping shape but it takes time to get there. The younger tree will not weep but as it ages, it does nothing but weep which sounds a lot like some marriages.
Expect Autumnal colours to be mostly yellow. Should this not be acceptable then a few days with a set of felt tip pens will give you the desired result.
Fully UK hardy but if you do live in a particularly cold area of the UK, this willow suffers none to minimal die back from hard winters.
Salix Golden Curls Options
We usually have this tree in 2 options. If either are not listed we are out of stock or the web guy is distracted by relationship issues.
120-180cm: Usually in a 7-12L pot and 2-3 years old. Single or Multi-stem usually.
180-240cm: Usually in a 9-20L pot and 2-4 years old.
Multistem: Usually 150-200cm tall, multistem and 15-20L pot.
Planting Salix Golden Curls
If for some reason you have buried a chalk surplus in your back garden, the Golden Curls will handle it as it is listed as chalk tolerant along with clay and most other soil types. As with most other Willow trees, you can plant Golden Curls on wet sites which usually means temporarily flooded, river banks or areas with poor drainage, not submarine window boxes. Suitable for planting at coastal locations but not on the RNLI slipway as it will be in danger of receiving fast moving boat rash. We don't know why the catalogue states this is suitable for nudist sites but none the less, you can plant Golden Curls on exposed sites. Will perform well on poor soils, handles drought reasonably well and can be planted in full sun or partial shade.
Pruning Salix Golden Curls
As with many other Salix, you can hard prune this tree at any time without causing any harm to the tree.
Other Information About Salix Golden Curls That Could Be Considered Boring But Helps Us With Search Engine Performance
A hybrid between Salix Alba Tristis and Salix Matsudana Tortuosa.
Introduced around 1971. We assume that means to the World and not to someone they just met. This makes it a metric tree technically as that is when we crossed over...to the SI system that is, not the dark side.
What Previous Customers Are Saying About Our Golden Curls Willow Tree
We have not chased any customers yet for a review of this tree because it is a new addition to the website as of September 2018....but we will.
Tree Jargon Explained
Half Standard: Around 80-100cm clear stem.
Standard: Around 180-200cm clear stem.
Feathered: Branches for most of the trunk/stem length.
Multi-Stem/Bush: Very little or no clear stem. Multiple branching starting low to the ground.
Rootball: Dug from the field with roots intact i.e. no pot.
Pot: Plastic container that the tree was grown in.
Maiden: 1 year tree that has not been pruned.
Pleached: Foliage a square/rectangle flat shape wired to a bamboo frame with some clear stem.
Screen: Same as pleached but much less/no clear stem.
Multiple Order Discount
Orders over £750 for 150cm+ trees might be discounted by contacting us
Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Early Autumn Leaf Fall
Heat stress, being potted, lack of water, being boxed up for a few days etc can cause early Autumn leaf fall. Once planted, normal service will resume next season.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Climate Change has increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust, frost damage etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season or less. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy and will bounce back.