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"Kilmarnock", a miniature weeping willow

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You certainly know its branches which are covered in spring with velvety catkins ... With its compact habit, the willow "Kilmarnock" is well suited to small gardens and balconies.

Weeping form of the marsault willow, created in England in the 19th centurye century, the salix caprea "Kilmarnock" (formerly called "Pendula") is a tree in the shape of a small parasol, particularly decorative. In late winter, its bare branches feature silvery-white pompoms that open in spring to clumps of golden stamens. In fall, its long leaves take on beautiful coppery shades.

Thanks to its compact habit and its reduced size (its trunk cannot reach more than three meters high), this willow is ideal to bring an original note to small gardens, but also to your flower beds.

Kilmarnock: an easy culture

Less susceptible to disease than large weeping willows, 'Kilmarnock' tolerates any soil provided it is moist. He will be especially happy near a piece of water, although it is not essential.

Install it preferably in spring, in the sun and away from strong winds. Remember to guard it for the first two years because its roots are superficial. Pair it with grasses to play on textures and early bulbs to showcase its kittens in spring.

In a container, plant it in a half and half mixture of clay soil from the garden and potting soil. Make sure you water it regularly.

Caring for Kilmarnock Willow

It is relatively easy. Just prune the twigs well each spring to promote growth (kittens appear on one-year-old shoots): cut them back 5 cm from their original branch, then apply a healing putty. In autumn and spring, you can carry out preventive treatment with Bordeaux mixture.

If you are growing it in a container, add tomato or strawberry fertilizer from April to September.

Laure Hamann (Visual credit: The Plant of the Month)

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