Salix Caradoc Twisted Willow Tree
Salix Caradoc is an attractive twisted Willow
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Salix Caradoc or Twisted Willow Caradoc
The Salix Caradoc, also called the Twisted Willow Caradoc, is an attractive variety of willow tree that features unique twisted rods that create year-round visual interest. This deciduous tree grows well next to water where it makes an exceptional specimen tree. You can also place it beside a building where its shadow will form an interesting backdrop.
New canes appear green in spring with green lanceolate foliage that also features a twist. During the autumn, the foliage turns a brilliant yellow hue before falling to the ground. In the winter months, after the leaves have fallen, the canes turn from green to an orange-yellow hue which creates visual interest. In regions where it snows, the canes look exceptionally striking covered in a light dusting of snow.
The Twisted Willow Caradoc will attain a height of 8 metres in 10 years. It can be cut back to maintain its size and to encourage more branch and cane development. It is best to prune in the winter months. Coppicing annually not only creates additional growth but also improves the colour of the canes. Un-coppiced, it grows into a slender tree form. The canes are frequently used in flower arrangements or dried for crafts.
In order to flourish, the Salix Caradoc requires consistently moist soil. Its need for year-round moist soil conditions makes it an ideal choice to place beside garden ponds or along riverbanks where it can partake of an endless supply of water. The roots are relatively shallow and grow near the surface of the soil line, so adding a layer of mulch around the base helps to keep the soil and roots moist.
The Salix Caradoc grows best when planted in full sun but it will tolerate partial shade. Ideally, the soil should be high in organic content and exceptionally rich. However, it is not overly picky about soil and will subsist in clay, sandy, and loam conditions. It will tolerate coastal conditions and the salt spray does not seem to adversely affect the willow. Once a year, you should fertilize it with a slow-release general purpose fertilizer.
The Salix Caradoc is an easy-care addition to any landscape. It isn’t overly fussy and will do well with very little care. The curling, corkscrew canes of the Twisted Willow Caradoc are an interesting garden addition that is sure to draw a great deal of admiration. The canes can also be harvested for crafts or to create bouquets.
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