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Re: I had great hopes......

Message from Simon Hickmott

In forum: Identify a plant

Goat Willow, Salix caprea.

  • Posted: Wed. 16th September 2020 19:41

Re: Plant Identification required.

Message from Nicola

In forum: Identify a plant

Hi Robert, some helpful suggestions from our followers on social media:

"Looks like a willow to me. Salix caprea I think..."
"Pretty sure that's willow"

Hope that helps?

  • Posted: Sun. 28th June 2020 20:28

Re: Anyone recognise this please?

Message from Carol

In forum: Identify a plant

I can't properly get a sense of scale - but it doesn't look glossy enough to be Photinia to me. Could it be a very young goat willow? Salix caprea? If so, I would get rid of it!

  • Posted: Wed. 15th April 2020 09:13

Re: What is this

Message from Carol

In forum: Identify a plant

It looks like goat willow (Salix caprea) to me.

  • Posted: Sun. 16th June 2019 15:24

Re: What is coming up in my meadow?

Message from Carol

In forum: Identify a plant

Goat willow maybe - Salix caprea?

  • Posted: Tue. 9th October 2018 21:48

Re: Mystery shrub???

Message from Carol

In forum: Identify a plant

It looks to me like a goat willow (Salix caprea). Round here I pull them out of my pots and throw them away - but if you like it, that's fine. It can grow to be a substantial tree (given a bit more room).

  • Posted: Fri. 22nd June 2018 19:47

Re: What are these?

Message from Carol

In forum: Identify a plant

The second one could be another goat willow - Salix caprea. I would have it out!

  • Posted: Fri. 24th June 2016 12:37

Re: What plant is this

Message from Carol

In forum: Identify a plant

That looks like goat willow (Salix caprea). Someone else posted about it a few weeks ago.
If you need an ordinary looking, green tree, with no particular autumn colour, it's not a weed. Otherwise.....

  • Posted: Fri. 24th June 2016 07:42

Re: Re: Unidentified small tree - now with photos!

Message from John Netizen

In forum: Identify a plant

Thanks Carol. Other images of salix caprea look like my little tree and there are others in the neighbourhood. I wasn't hoping for anything - I just enjoy discovering what seeds itself in my garden and luckily I've got room to let it grow.

  • Posted: Wed. 25th May 2016 19:22

Re: Unidentified small tree - now with photos!

Message from Carol

In forum: Identify a plant

I think it might be goat willow (Salix caprea). Were you hoping for an apple?

  • Posted: Wed. 25th May 2016 18:32

Re: When to repot/ plant my salix caprea Kilmarnock?

Message from Carol

In forum: General

I would advise getting it into the ground, or a much bigger pot, as soon as possible.

  • Posted: Sun. 4th May 2014 18:38

When to repot/ plant my salix caprea Kilmarnock?

Question from Emma Chorlton

In forum: General


Sorry if this is a novice question, I've moved into a house with my first garden about a month ago, and I'm just starting to get interested in gardening. I've recently bought a salix caprea Kilmarnock. It's about half a metre tall at the moment, in a 1 ltr pot. It's looking really healthy at the moment, but I feel like it needs to be moved into either a bigger pot or into the ground because the pot seems so tiny for a (albeit dwarf) tree! I've read mixed advice about whether it would survive (at least for a couple of years) in a pot or not... What would be your advice for where/how to plant it?

Thanks :-)


  • Posted: Sun. 4th May 2014 11:40

Re: Is this a tree, or shrub

Message from Sue Jeffries

In forum: Identify a plant

I agree, it looks like Goat Willow - Salix caprea. They can spread through stems being sent up from roots near the surface of the soil. Although they start off small they will grow up to 24 foot tall it you give it the opportunity ;) . I tend to follow Carol's advice.

  • Posted: Mon. 7th October 2013 16:50

Re: Salix caprea Kikmarnock

Message from Nicola

In forum: Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock'

Hi Lynn, I wonder if you meant to jump into the previous conversation in the Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' forum? Please click below and then reply to one of the others so they can see your comments Salix caprea Kikmarnock - My Wiilow looks like it is dying

  • Posted: Tue. 10th July 2012 14:17

Salix caprea Kikmarnock

Question from Lynn

In forum: Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock'

I have exactly the same problem. Mine is in a large container but after all the rain the leaves have turned brown and started to curl. I have just removed the dead leaves but I am very interested to know if this is due to the heavy consistant rain or another problem

  • Posted: Tue. 10th July 2012 11:18

Re: Kilmarnock Willow

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Trees and shrubs

Hi, Rob,
Lucky you, sounds like you have a young horticulturalist on your hands! :) Your Kilmarnock willow (Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock') is here on Shoot and you will find all you need to know about where to plant and how to care for it once it is in the ground.
All the best,
Kathy C

  • Posted: Wed. 28th March 2012 22:25

Kilmarnock Willow

Comment from Rob Wiltsher

In forum: Trees and shrubs

We just popped into Tescos' yesterday for a few bits and bobs (milk, pork scratchings, gin, etc) and down a long aisle came our darling 12 1/2 year old daughter, struggling to carry a large potted tree that had been reduced - bless ! So, now we are the proud owners of a Kilmarnock Willow (Salix caprea) that I left in rainwater last night and am hoping to plant either tomorrow or Wednesday. Does anyone else have one and can they suggest aftercare and where to plant it, ie full sun, shade, etc ? Our soil tends to be of a clay-like variety which is what I gather they like ? Thanks very much - Rob (Bristol)

  • Posted: Mon. 26th March 2012 11:27

Re: Tree novice

Message from Deirdre

In forum: Trees and shrubs

Hi guys,

Thanks for your input! The reason I was researching the Goat's Willow was that I want to create a border/hedge around our house.

My main interest is in creating something that has alot of native plants and plants specifically to attract bees, butterflies and birds to the garden and also to screen the house from the road.

I am researching a number of plants but I find it very difficult to narrow my wish list down as each tree/bush can be beneficial in some way. Here are the plants I was thinking of:ESCALLONIA Donard Radiance
PYRACANTHA coccinea Red
PRUNUS spinosa
ILEX aquifolium
Common Dogwood Cornus Sanguinea
Common Privet Ligustrum Vulgare
Goat Willow Salix Caprea
Red berried elder sambucus racemosa
Butterfly bush buddleia davidii
Honeysuckle lonicera periclymenum
Alder Buckthorn Rhamnus Frangula
FAGUS sylvatica
Blackthorn Prunus Spinosa
Common Whitebeam Sorbus Aria

I know I can't incorporate everything into the hedge/border but I suppose it would be nice to have some colour or interest throughout the year. Any suggestions on what combinations would be nice from this lot?

I don't know what our soil type is, how could I find out?We are a few miles from the coast but it's not too exposed. Are there any of these plants that you wouldn't recommend for someone starting out?

Thanks a mill!

  • Posted: Wed. 11th January 2012 21:48

Re: Ornamental 'pussy willow'

Message from Kathy C

In forum: General

Hi, Susan,
The most common pussy willow used is Salix caprea. Having said that, though, from your description, it sounds like you have Salix discolor (my favourite) - also used for floral arrangements. I like it better because the catkins and tighter and silkier (and because we had one growing in our garden when I was a child). Another one gaining popularity is Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys', which has black catkins (doesn't sound like it is yours, though).
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 14th March 2011 21:15

Pest on willow

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Trees and shrubs

Hi, Sam
A1 - I think your pest might be willow aphid - only thing stumping me is the size since willow aphid can get to 5mm long. All the rest of your info fits, triangular, grey to grey-brown and attacking now when most other aphid species attack in spring. Also, willow aphid is one of the few aphids that attack twigs and branches rather then sucking sap from leaves.
A2 - Best treatment is exactly what you did - to spray colonies and infested plants with a sytemic or non-systemic insecticide as soon as you see the varmints crawling around. The biology of these pests is still a bit of a mystery but it colonies do seem to die out in winter with a few females possible surviving overwinter in sheltered areas. So, look for them to start emerging around late June next year and give another good spray then.
A3 - Since this aphid is pretty specific, I don't think it will attack other plants - at least I haven't found any info that tells me otherwise.
A4 - Difficult to say where it came from - possibly from another, somewhat nearby willow. Given that it is three foot high, when was it planted? Maybe they came with the plant?
A5 - Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' is a small willow with a mature height of around 2m though the height is dependent upong the rootstock used for grafting. Since it is a dwarf, it is designed for small gardens and should not disrupt houses 10 feet away.
Hope I have the right pest info - let me know if the description matches.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 15th September 2009 19:26