• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' (m)

Kilmarnock willow

Kilmarnock willow

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  • Other common names Kilmarnock willow
    Kilmarnock weeping willow

    Weeping great willow

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  • Synonyms Salix caprea 'Pendula'
    Salix caprea var. pendula (m)

  • Genus Salix are deciduous shrubs and trees of diverse habit, with simple leaves and tiny flowers in catkins, male and female usually on separate plants. Some are valued for their brightly coloured winter shoots, others for their foliage or showy male catkins

  • Family Salicaceae / Salicaceae

  • Species 'Kilmarnock' is a stiffly pendulous small tree with yellowish branches, ovate leaves, and large grey catkins with yellow anthers opening before the leaves


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Pendulous_Weeping#Pendulous/Weeping



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Clay

  • pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline


  • Ultimate height

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile deep soil in full sun. Very compact form, ideal for smaller gardens

Propagation Propagate by grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types City & Courtyard Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Can get aphids, caterpillars, leaf beetles and sawflies

Diseases May be affected by willow anthracnose diseases and a rust

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