Yes they are. And yes they dont look all that contorted. However the one planted out was equivalent in “bendy trend” to many of the others and until it started growing this year did not seem to be very twisty. You cannot appreciate it in that picture but it is becoming a lovely contorted mess and I cannot wait to see it naked! Here are a few more pics…trace some of the limbs and you will see.
So…does it being restrained in growth limit the contortions? James picked that one from among the others and truthfully I didn’t think he picked the one with the most tendency to curve about. It is going to be fantastic though if it continues like it is. You just can’t see it for the leaves in the photos.