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The Babylon weeping willow is a large tree, only recommended for big, open areas away from buildings, and beside large ponds. Its contorted form, S. var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa', is smaller but still a fast grower, and makes a curious feature where space is more limited. Sometimes called the dragon's claw willow, it has a short trunk and slender, upright stems that soon begin to curl into gentle arcs. The twigs are more noticeably twisted, some of them weeping, and the leaves are contorted as well. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Cultivar: var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa
Plant type: Deciduous tree
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Colourful bark, Flowers
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: December to February
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