Forestmaker Tree

1 ratings (1 Epinions review)
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

Location, location, location!

May 16, 2010
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Striking appearance, fast growth

Cons:Wandering invasive roots, not long-lived

The Bottom Line: If you have the right location for planting, this is a good, small, ornamental tree.  If you put it in the wrong place, you will regret it.


The corkscrew willow tree (salix matsudana tortuousa), also known as the curly willow tree, is a fast-growing (ten to fifteen feet per year) tree in the willow family, with long, spiraling branches that initially grow upward more than outward from the trunk, and then go outward later. The corkscrew willow usually settles in at a maximum of about thirty feet. It has long, narrow, light green leaves, that turn yellow in Autumn. While it is a tree, the corkscrew willow often grows many shoots at its base that reach up alongside the main trunk, unless you prune it to be single-trunked. This tree will grow in many soil types, has shallow roots, will tolerate dry or very wet soil, and can handle any level of sunlight.

When we moved in 1980, one of the steps, after we settled into the house, was landscaping. I have always been interested in looking for things that are new and different and it came to trees, the corkscrew willow caught my eye. We placed our tree, which was between three and four feet high then, right at a front corner of the house, about four feet from the wall.

Our tree thrived, and the whole willowy complex soon reached the height of the eaves. Then the trouble began. I now know that the shallow roots of this tree tend to migrate upward (toward the surface) as the tree ages. If I had known this ahead of time, things might have ended differently, or we would have placed it elsewhere. As these adventurous roots did their migration, they became acquainted with our underground sprinkler system, and ruptured a line. That was repaired, but then we did the research we should have done beforehand.

We found out that this tree’s roots can be very persistent and invasive, causing damage to sidewalks, streets, and basement walls, besides what we already knew: sprinkler system lines. Despite it being a healthy, interesting-looking, attractive tree, we made the hard decision to remove it. Sadly, the root system was so complex that we could not remove enough of it, intact, to transplant it. By the way, by this time, the tree was over twenty feet tall.

Would I recommend this tree? Yes, but to someone who has the right location to plant it. It would need to be away from sidewalks, cement patios or platforms, driveways, streets, basement walls, and sprinkler system lines. That leaves areas in the middle of a yard, or along the edge of a drainage ditch or pond. If our had been transplantable, I would have wanted it along the drainage ditch behind our house. I also now know that this tree is not long-lived. That is too bad, as it is a very vital, fast-growing tree with an appearance that is very different from most trees. When you see a corkscrew willow, if you are not used to them, you would like do a double-take. Its name is not a misnomer; the branches really do spiral all along their length.


Recommend this product? Yes

Read all comments (5)

Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

36 inch Folding Tree Stand for 9 foot to 12 foot Trees Fits 2 inch Pole and 1 1/4 inch Pole

36 inch Folding Tree Stand for 9 foot to 12 foot Trees Fits 2 inch Pole and 1 1/4 inch Pole

The 36 folding tree stand is a great replacement or just to have as a spare. It's sizes guarantees you added stability. It will fit all artificial tre...
Toys R Us

$49.99

FREE Shipping
Pruner Tree Fiberglass 14In

Pruner Tree Fiberglass 14In

Pruner Tree Fiberglass 14In
Sears Marketplace
Spectrum TreeGator 20 gal. Tree Watering System

Spectrum TreeGator 20 gal. Tree Watering System

Shop for Garden Center at The Home Depot. The Spectrum TreeGator 20-Gallon Tree-Watering System features reinforced green polyethylene construction an...
Home Depot

$29.97

+$5.99 shipping
Dalen Mow-over Tree Stake Kit - Mow Over The Top - Young Tree Protection -

Dalen Mow-over Tree Stake Kit - Mow Over The Top - Young Tree Protection -

Helps to protect against strong winds Helps to assure straight growth Eliminates need to trim around stakes Effortlessly remove rope pin from each sta...
eBay
National Tree FTS-36 36-Inch Folding Tree Stand for 9-Feet to 12-Feet Trees, Fits 2-Inch Pole and 1-1/4-Inch Pole

National Tree FTS-36 36-Inch Folding Tree Stand for 9-Feet to 12-Feet Trees, Fits 2-Inch Pole and 1-1/4-Inch Pole

Product Details For 9 to 12 ft. tall artificial Christmas trees Fits trees with 1.25 and 2 diameter center poles Legs fold flat for storage Product De...
Sears Marketplace
National Tree 18 Argentina Hanging Basket

National Tree 18 Argentina Hanging Basket

Bring your love of the outdoors into your home or office without the hassle of real plants. No watering or pruning this artificial house plant. This l...
Walmart.com

$89.99

FREE Shipping
Decorative Pebbles For Bonsai Humidity Tray / Bonsai Tree Top Dressing - 3.0 Lbs

Decorative Pebbles For Bonsai Humidity Tray / Bonsai Tree Top Dressing - 3.0 Lbs

1. NO SALES TAX 2. LOW COST EXPEDITED SHIPPING FOR US BUYERS 3. WE ARE NOW SHIPPING WORLDWIDE NEW Decorative Pebbles for Bonsai Humidity Tray / Bonsai...
eBay

$27.97

FREE Shipping
Treegator Slow Release Watering Bag for Trees T23G 98183R

Treegator Slow Release Watering Bag for Trees T23G 98183R

Treegator T23G 98183R Features: -Watering bag.-Material: Polyethylene.-Polypro straps for adjustment.-Fill tag helps keep debris from entering during ...
Wayfair

$24.30

+$4.99 shipping
Genuine Tree Peeple Simon Tree Face 108-GTP-HD

Genuine Tree Peeple Simon Tree Face 108-GTP-HD

Shop for Garden Center at The Home Depot. Start or expand your genuine tree people collection with Simon. Handmade in the usa of durable all-weather c...
Home Depot

$29.96

+$5.99 shipping
Treegator Original Slow Release Watering Bag For Trees

Treegator Original Slow Release Watering Bag For Trees

Treegator Original Slow Release Watering Bag for New Trees Brand new If you're not happy with your item, send it back!Illinois residents (only) subjec...
eBay