Kilmarnock Willow

Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock'

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.
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Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.


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Botanical PronunciationSAY-liks KAP-ree-a
LoreThis species is not only attractive in form but it offers florist quality pussy willow cuttings in spring.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide; larger with age.
Bloom TimeEarly Spring
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
Growth HabitWeeping
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseRock Garden, Specimen, Very Wet Areas, Water Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureExtreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Poor Soils, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Companion PlantsForsythia (Forsythia); Bee Balm (Monarda); Turtlehead (Chelone); Winterberry (Ilex verticillata); Iris (Iris)

Prefers 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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