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Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' (Kilmarnock willow)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock'

Other names

Salix caprea var. pendula, Kilmarnock willow, Kilmarnock weeping willow, Weeping great willow, Salix caprea 'Pendula'

Genus

Salix Salix

Variety or Cultivar

'Kilmarnock' _ 'Kilmarnock' is a compact, dense, deciduous tree with pendent branches bearing ovate, dark-green leaves, grey-green beneath, and, in spring before the leaves emerge, large, grey catkins with yellow anthers.


Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' is: Deciduous

Tree shape

Compact, Small weeping

Flower

Silvery-grey, Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Leaf beetles (willow and poplar) , Sawflies Aphids , Caterpillars , Leaf beetles (willow and poplar) , Sawflies

Anthracnose diseases , Rust Anthracnose diseases , Rust

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Propagation methods

Grafting


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Where to grow

Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' (Kilmarnock willow) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

City, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in deep, moderately fertile soil in full sun.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock'

Other names

Salix caprea var. pendula, Kilmarnock willow, Kilmarnock weeping willow, Weeping great willow, Salix caprea 'Pendula'

Genus

Salix Salix

Variety or Cultivar

'Kilmarnock' _ 'Kilmarnock' is a compact, dense, deciduous tree with pendent branches bearing ovate, dark-green leaves, grey-green beneath, and, in spring before the leaves emerge, large, grey catkins with yellow anthers.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Tree shape

Compact, Small weeping


Colour

Flower

Silvery-grey, Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Leaf beetles (willow and poplar) , Sawflies

Specific diseases

Anthracnose diseases , Rust

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Propagation methods

Grafting


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' (Kilmarnock willow) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

City, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in deep, moderately fertile soil in full sun.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' (Kilmarnock willow)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Agrilus fleischeri

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Pest of poplar; native to East Asia. Likely to be damaging if introduced to the UK. Protecting against the risk of entry via wood packaging material and other means remains a priority. A Europe-wide assessment would be helpful; to consider strengthened regulation.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' (Kilmarnock willow)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' (Kilmarnock willow)

Common pest name

watermark disease of willow; willow vascular wilt; willow watermark disease; willow wilt

Scientific pest name

Brenneria salicis

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Bacterial organism causing watermark disease; which affects willow used for cricket bat production. Established in parts of England; despite long-standing powers for local authorities to take action; which have now been revoked.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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After the move 1st May 2012 (03/05/2012)

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