Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock'Item #7046 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
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Small, umbrella-shaped tree adds graceful and attractive element to the small garden or lawn. Pussy willow buds start yellow then fade to gray, and precede foliage each spring. Can be cut for winter arrangements.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SAY-liks KAP-ree-aPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:WeepingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide, larger with age.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Early SpringFlower color:YellowGarden styleAsian/ZenDesign IdeasAn exceptional form to create focal points and emphasize other positions in the garden. Grow adjacent to water gardens and stream beds to suggest the weeping willow on a much smaller scale. Grow in a children's garden to create private space beneath. Exceptionally romantic cottage garden accent as center point for more colorful planting.Companion PlantsCardinal Flower (Lobelia); Winterberry (Ilex verticillata); Iris (Iris); Bee Balm (Monarda); Turtlehead (Chelone)
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:The willow genus, Salix, contains hundreds of species found the world over. This species is known as goat willow and named from the Latin for these animals. It is native to Europe and this weeping form is considered superior to the standard upright growing species. It first appeared in the middle 19th century and classified by British horticulturist, Thomas Lang.Lore:This species is not only attractive in form but it offers florist quality pussy willow cuttings in spring.