Small, non-showy, pale yellow female catkins appear in mid to late spring. Lance-shaped leaves are bright green above and whitish-green below, become golden-yellow in autumn and are also curled and twisted. The branches are olive-green in color and on old trees they are often covered with lichen.
Twisted willow will grow well on moist to wet, well-drained soils, in a place with full sun or partial shade. The tree can reach up to 10 m tall, but to keep it in good shape and looking interesting is best to prune it heavily every year in late winter to early spring. Because of this hard pruning, trees will need to be fertilized every few years.
Propagation can be easily done in spring from cuttings, before the leaves emerge.