Re:Curly willow aka corkscrew willow
This tree grows all over Germany. Every yard has one in it, the corkscrew
willow, or the Harry Lauder Walkingstick. In the late winter everyone cuts
branches off the tree a month or so before Easter and puts it in a vase. These
branches then start to root and sprout out just for Easter. The branches
are decorated with wooden ornaments and decorated eggs. This becomes the
traditional Easter tree.
My mom brought several cuttings with her from Germany when she moved here in
l986. They do well here in zone 9, although they are actually better suited
for cooler climates. They tend to grow far too quickly here and are not as
long lived, usually about 10 years. In Europe they would go through the
coldest of winters, and survive nicely. The branches were also much more curly
and dense than they are here. So I'm sure the tree will do well for you.
My mom, in the past 20 years that she has lived here, has shared Easter
trees that have sprouted with all her friends, all the way up to Vancouver,
Canada, Seattle, Minnesota, etc. They are all doing well.
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 4/10/2007 11:02:41 AM Central Daylight Time,
I had a curly willow (or contorted willow is what the florists called
it) and it rooted. I planted it out in my yard 2 years ago and it is
BEAUTIFUL....so if I were you, I'd plant it. I'm zone 6 and we have some
brutal winters and that tree has done just fine.
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