corkscrew willow Salicaceae Salix matsudana
Leaf:Alternate, simple, lanceolate, finely serrated, 3 to 5 inches long, often twisted, shiny green above, nearly white beneath.
Flower:Species is dioecious; 1 to 1 1/2 inch long catkins, pale yellow-green, fuzzy, appearing in early spring with the leaves.
Fruit:A 1 inch cluster of small, light brown capsules containing numerous small fuzzy seeds, ripen in late spring, somewhat persistent.
Twig:Slender, olive-green when young, turning gray-brown when mature, contorted and twisted growth habit; buds appressed, pointed and gray-brown, with a single cap-like scale.
Bark:Smooth gray-brown with diamond shaped lenticels, later becoming shallowly fissured and rough.
Form:Upright tree reaching 40 feet tall (most only to 30) with a round, broad crown of drooping twisted branches.