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Tuesday - June 16, 2015

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Non-Natives, Trees
Title: Recommend a plant similar to Corkscrew Willow for Austin, TX.
Answered by: Joe Marcus

QUESTION:

Do corkscrew willows do well in Austin, TX? If not, can you recommend a willow like tree to plant along the banks of a creek?

ANSWER:

Corkscrew Willow (Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa') is a cultvar of a species native to China and is outside our area of study and expertise.  Black willow, (Salix nigra) is native to the Austin area and will perform well for the use you describe.

 

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