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The Wonderful World of Willows

Vermont Willow Nursery

Salix matsudana ‘Darts Snake’

(S. babylonica 'Dart's Snake')

matsudana = after Matsudo, a Japanese botanist

Snake Curly Willow

A unique jade-green contorted tree that grows 20-30ft if left unpruned. The color of the stems is rare in woody plants and that makes this selection so special. This male selection of Salix matsudana ‘Tortuosa’ has bright green foliage. Less prone to die back than some twisted willows. Hardy to Zone 5.


USES: A fascinating ornamental curly willow that is a great specimen plant, especially by water or a building where its shadows will make interesting patterns on a wall. We use it with other curly willows in flower arrangements and in winter containers outdoors.

The unique jade-green coloring of Snake’ enhances the garden and winter cut-stem arrangements.

That's 'Scarlet Curls' butting in on the left and 'Chermesina' on the right.


at left: a beautifully placed specimen near the lake at the Chicago Botanic Garden

This is the southwest corner of the nursery with [left>right] triandra 'Black Maul', matsudana 'Golden Curls', matsudana 'Darts Snake', alba 'Chermesina' and glabra 'Blackskin'. Colorful group in winter, don't you agree!

They're some of the first willows we obtained in 2007-8.

The unique jade coloring of the trunks that hold their color for several years.

The 'Snake' at right is 7 years old and retains it's color for most of its length.

Snake is generally an upright grower with twigs that snake in whatever direction they choose. Leaves that are longer than other Matsudana selections.

Branches on this plant in the Chicago BG grow less upright;

I'm guessing this is the factor of high winds and snow loads

$12.50 per bundle of 5

In late May, 2016, our 'Darft's Snake' flowered for the first time and we discovered it is a male clone as seen above and at right.