Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock'

Kilmarnock willow mini stem standard

2lt pot (40cm stem)
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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: any deep, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Flower colour: golden male catkins
  • Other features: umbrella-shaped, deciduous tree
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A dwarf, weeping tree-like shrub with dark green leaves with grey-green undersides. In mid- to late spring, the bare branches are covered in golden male catkins which emerge from soft silvery furry buds. Makes a superb addition to winter cut-flower arrangements.

    An ideal plant for the small garden, these mini standards will also look good planted in a pot on the patio. They have a clear stem approximately 40cm tall.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter and shorten any over-long shoots. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted compost in the planting.

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Great wee tree.

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    Comments about Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock':

    This is a great wee tree. It was a fantastic price and already a good size when I bought it. It arrived quickly and in great condition. It was easy to plant and it has thrived in my front garden with minimal care and maintenance.

    • Your Gardening Experience:
    • Keen but clueless

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    • Q:

      Do I stake the Kilmarnock through the roots or further away from the root
      Asked on 14/4/2015 by dancing queen from Otley. Leeds

      1 answer

      • Plant Doctor



        You should position the stake so it does not damage the roots and then secure it using a tree tie. This video may help...

        Answered on 21/4/2015 by Helen from crocus
    • Q:

      I planted a salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' 3 years ago in enriched, clay soil in full sun. It has received minimal pruning, just removal of dead branches in winter. It has only had a couple of catkins and this year, non at all. Any advice?
      Asked on 21/3/2015 by plantlover from Herefordshire

      1 answer

    • Q:

      Hullo, I live on the south side of Glasgow. I have just had to take out a beautiful healthy bushy Kilmarnock willow, (don't know what variety) which had became too big and heavy for its roots, and had been leaning for too long without support and no pruning, and suddenly keeled over. Friends told me it hadn't been planted deeply enough originally: it was here when we first came, 17 years ago.
      I would like to replace it with a similar one. Which variety would be most reliable in the Northern part of the UK? Where can I get the most mature and largest possible to fill a wide space in a row of large shrubs and smallish trees, which act as a screen betwen our garden and the neighbour's? It is South-facing, and gets full sun all morning until mid-afternoon.
      I read that Autumn would be a good time to plant.
      Thanks, and best wishes.
      Asked on 27/8/2013 by Not-Green Fingers. from Glasgow

      1 answer

      • Plant Doctor


        Hello Alan
        We only sell Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' which is a dwarf, weeping tree, as a standard in a 5lt pot, which will grow to about 2m x 2m. It is fully hardy so should be fine to grow in Scotland but I'm afraid we don't sell any specimens.
        As a general rule plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise.
        Hope this helps

        Answered on 28/8/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
    • Q:

      Hello i have just brought on of these trees and i was wondering if you could tell me when is the best time to plant it in the garden?thank you
      Asked on 12/2/2013 by tlo from nottingham

      1 answer

      • Plant Doctor



        The best time to plant this is either in spring or autumn, however you can plant it now provided the soil is not frozen or waterlogged. If you do go ahead and plant it out now, you may need to gently heel it in again if we have a really hard frost.

        I hope this helps,

        Answered on 13/2/2013 by Helen from Crocus
    • Q:

      Small tree for a very wet area

      I need suggestions for a (very) small tree for my small garden. It is for the lowest point in my garden where all the water drains drains to, so it is pretty much wringing wet all winter and much of the rest of the year. Height to be about 5m, and the narrowest spread possible, so I don't end up with too much shade in an already cold/wet area. Is there something for a place as grim as this? I live near Manchester so it is also a fairly cool part of the country. The bed is North-West facing. Thank you
      Asked on 8/4/2010 by Marilyn O

      2 answers

      • A:

        Hello There, There are very few plants that will grow in permanently boggy soil. Willows love it, and we do have a small one on our site but it will only get to around 2 x 2m - just click on the following link to go straight to it. There is another taller willow that has an eventual height of 5m and spread of 3m called Salix magnifica. Unfortunately we don't sell it, but you will be able to find it on the internet I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 9/4/2010 by Marilyn O
      • A:

        Thank you *very much* - always prompt and helpful replies.

        Answered on 9/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
    • Q:

      Salix for growing in pots

      Hello I am thinking of ordering two Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' which I plan to keep in pots. I know they arrive in 5 litre pots but should I transfer them to a larger ones? If so, could you tell me to what size pots and when I should do it. Many thanks Helen
      Asked on 28/12/2009 by Helen Hibbert

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      • A:

        Hello Helen, They will need to be potted up as soon as possible into larger pots. I would aim for something at least 40 x 40cm and fill it with John Innes No 2 compost. You can do this at any time as long as the ground isn't frozen. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 29/12/2009 by Helen Hibbert
    • Q:

      Will an Acer, Weeping Willlow and Beech grow in clay soil?

      Hello, Will a Japanese Maple, Weeping Willow and a Copper Beech do well in deeply clay soil ? Thank you
      Asked on 15/10/2009 by Wendy Hall

      1 answer

      • A:

        Hello There, As long as the soil does not remain waterlogged for any length of time and you can dig in lots of sharp sand and composted organic matter, these plants should be fine. The willow will olerate a little more moisture than the other two. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 16/10/2009 by Wendy Hall
    • Q:

      Salix 'spots', pruning aple and pear trees, and winter plant protection help please!

      Dear Crocus At the end of last year I purchased a Salix Kilmarnock willow which looked very healthy. Since then it has many bright orange spots almost covering the underside of many of the leaves. It has started forming buds for next year. What should I do please? I also planted 5 apple and pear trees. Four of these have fruited this year but all have developed sprouting branches. The one that didn't fruit has more branches than all the others. Can I prune now or should I wait until Jan/March? Also is bubble wrap suitable for protecting the tender plants, as last year I protected with straw and fleece but lost some. Thanks Chris
      Asked on 14/10/2009 by Chris Handley

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      • A:

        I'm going to try and clear the rust. The apples and pears are the double u shaped ones that I purchased last year. The seem to have developed a lot of side shoots which they didn't have when we received them. To retain the double u shape do I need to prune them back to the main 4 shoots? Many thanks, you can tell we are amateurs! Chris

        Answered on 22/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
      • A:

        Hello Chris, Willows are very susceptible to rusts, which is what I suspect is affecting yours. If you click on the following link it will take you to some information which should help. As for the apples and pears, the fruiting habit of the mature apple trees (some produce fruits at the end of the branches while others on the side shoots) will determine how to prune them in the long run, but at this stage you should cut back the strong new branches by half their length and the weaker stems to a third of their length and
        remove any crossing or damaged stems altogether. This should be tackled in winter when the trees are completely dormant. Finally, bubble wrap can be used but is far from ideal as it doesn't breathe and it makes watering difficult. The fleece and starw really is a much better option. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 21/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
      • A:

        Hello again Chris, To keep the shape, you should cut back the sideshoots on the double u's to within 3 leaves from where they join the main stems. Ideally this should have been tackled in mid to late summer. Best regards, Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 15/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
    • Q:

      What tree can I plant in a pot?

      I have quite a large patio area at the front of the house and want to place a large patio pot between the entrances/exits on my driveway. Ideally I would like something that will look good most of the year. Any suggestions?
      Asked on 31/3/2005 by

      1 answer

    • Q:

      Does my Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' need pruning?

      I purchased a Salix caprea'Kilmarnock' from you in the autumn. The web site says that it needs no pruning, but I have read elsewhere that it should be cut back hard after flowering. Help please....
      Asked on 9/3/2005 by

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      • A:

        Willows which are grown for their colourful young stems should be hard pruned, however the Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' is grown primarily for its shape. Therefore it doesn't need any regular pruning apart from removing damaged or wayward stems in late winter or early spring. Cutting it back any harder than this will only destroy the beautiful shape of the tree.

        Answered on 10/3/2005 by Crocus
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