Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock'Item #7046 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
This small, umbrella-shaped tree adds a graceful and attractive element to the small garden or lawn. The pussy willow buds start yellow then fade to gray and precede foliage each spring. Cut stems with buds add wonderful texture to winter flower arrangements. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide; larger with age.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SAY-liks KAP-ree-aPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:WeepingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide; larger with age.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Early SpringFlower color:YellowDesign 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 PlantsForsythia (Forsythia); Bee Balm (Monarda); Turtlehead (Chelone); Winterberry (Ilex verticillata); Iris (Iris)
- CareCare InformationPrefers humus-rich, evenly moist soils; adapts well to constantly wet sites. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water as needed to maintain wet or moist soil. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune only as needed to shape.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
- 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 was first discovered on the banks of the Ayr in the 19th Century, classified and propagated by British horticulturist, Thomas Lang of Kilmarnock.Lore:This species is not only attractive in form but it offers florist quality pussy willow cuttings in spring.