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Root Pouch 5 gallon - 4-5 ft tall (SKU: 9290)
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List Price $160.00

Hardiness Zone: 4-8   ·   Mature Height: 20-25 Feet   ·   Mature Spread: 20-25 Feet

Buy Golden Idol Dwarf Corkscrew Willow online. 'Golden Idol' has all the same great characteristics as the standard tree, only in a much smaller size. This Dwarf Corkscrew Willow is a picturesque tree with distinctly gnarled and contorted bright golden yellow branches. Twisted leaves are bright green above, lighter green below and turn yellow in the fall. Fast growing; can be used as tree or shrub. More drought tolerant than other willows.

Family: Salicaceae · Common Name: Willow

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Light Yellow/Brilliant Yellow
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Full Sun


  1. Susan - Oct 04, 2008
    Wilkes-Barre, PA (Hardiness Zone: 6)

    I ordered this tree in late June. When it arrived it was small and not too many leaves as some do fall off in transport which is normal. It's now October 2nd, and I cannot believe how fast it is growing and how it filled out already. It's beautiful! I love how the branches droop like a regular weeping willow and move with the breeze. This one has a lot of character because of it's twisting leaves and branches. Thank you Sooner for sending such a healthy tree at such a great price!

  2. Todd - Oct 05, 2008
    Perrysburg, OH (Hardiness Zone: 5)

    This compact willow is a dream. It grows amazingly fast, getting to 15-20 feet in just a few years. I've owned two, and the most recent that I bought in fall of 2007 has grown to 8' in the first year in the ground. From experience it should be up to 15' by the end of next summer. The branches are very beautiful all four seasons and are great to cut and use dried in a vase. Even the leaves are curly! Rabbits ate into the trunk a bit this year, so a little plastic guard would be a good idea. You can plant underneath this tree as well, since it offers filtered, not full, shade.

  3. Keith - May 30, 2017
    Missouri (Hardiness Zone: 5)

    So far I've been very impressed with this unusual tree. I planted in late winter, and by early spring (before anything else had broken bud) this tree had a crown of beautiful curled leaves. This Willow is also an incredibly fast grower. I haven't measured precisely, but at the time of planting it stood probably a foot or so below my height (5'11") and now is easily around 10-13' tall. I haven't been able to find this tree anywhere else, so I am a little nervous about the full expected height since I normally like to source my information from multiple growers but so far I'm very impressed. Another quality product from Sooner Plant Farm.

  4. Erica - Jul 09, 2018
    Ohio (Hardiness Zone: 6)

    I was so impressed when I opened the box with my new tree! It was healthy and well branched. Even though it took me 2 weeks before I got it planted, it was happy in it's root pouch. (I was very careful to keep it well watered.) Planted, it is doing very well! There was a very small amount of leaves that yellowed in the first 3 days. I am very happy with my first purchase from Sooner!

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GOLDEN IDOL DWARF CORKSCREW WILLOW Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips

Salix is easy to grow and adapts to most conditions. Feed once a year with a slow release fertilizer.


This Corkscrew Willow has golden yellow twisted stems, that are used in flower arrangements. A very unique tree. Order now, supplies are limited. You will not be billed until tree is shipped.