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Salix 'Erythroflexuosa' Tree

Red Twisted Willow Trees
  • From £49.99 (ex VAT)

The ideal small tree for winter interest, Salix 'Erythroflexuosa' displays unusual red, twisted branches that adopt shades of orange as they age. Yellow spring catkins are followed by bright-green, lance shaped foliage, falling in the autumn to reveal the colourful, twisted, architectural stems.

Also known as the Red Twisted Willow or Tortured Willow for its curling stems, Salix 'Erythroflexuosa' has received RHS AGM status. This Willow variety will grow to 5 x 3 metres in 20 years and is suited to most sunny sites, including wet ground and exposed conditions.

AKA Salix x sepulcralis 'Erythroflexuosa', Red Twisted Willow tree, Red Tortured Willow, Willow 'Erythroflexuosa'

  • Common name: Red Twisted Willow tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 3 metres
  • Stems: Red twisted stems provide year round interest, particularly in winter
  • Foliage: Green foliage in spring, summer and autumn, plus catkins in spring
  • Soil: Suits most soil types including wet sites
  • Position: Prefers full sun

Planting Advice for Salix Erythroflexuosa

Our pot grown Red Twisted Willow trees can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place in the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. The help area has more advice.

Aftercare Advice for Salix Erythroflexuosa

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Rabbits like Willow, so if your areas is prone to rabbits we recommend using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Salix Erythroflexuosa

Allow young Red Twisted Willow tree to grow unpruned for the first year. This will give it the time it needs to develop a natural shape. From then on you can prune damaged, or diseased branches at any time of the year. To encourage a clear stem, prune the lower branches in winter.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Salix 'Erythroflexuosa' Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: 40-60cm Root type: 5L pot* Salix 'Erythroflexuosa' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem 40-60cm 5L pot* £49.99 (ex VAT)
Salix 'Erythroflexuosa' Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: 120-150cm Root type: 10L pot* Salix 'Erythroflexuosa' Price £69.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem 120-150cm 10L pot* £69.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)