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Salix caprea 'Pendula' Tree

Kilmarnock Willow Trees
  • Now From £39.99 (ex VAT)

Salix caprea 'Pendula' is a wonderfully architectural dwarf tree with heavily pendulous branches. It boasts bright yellow furry catkins in the spring that are popular with bees. The mid-green ovate leaves have soft grey undersides and cloth the branches attractively throughout the year. Then it winter, the weeping form looks stunning covered in frost or snow.

Most at home next to water and preferring full sun, Salix caprea 'Pendula' can also be container grown if a watering regime is established. Expect a height and spread of 2.5 x 2.5 metres in 20 years, less if kept in a container. Commonly known as the Kilmarnock Willow or Weeping Pussy Willow tree, we offer this delightful small tree in a range of top grafted heights to make the most of it weeping habit.

AKA Weeping Pussy Willow, Kilmarnock willow, Weeping sally, Salix caprea Pendula, Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock'

  • Common name: Kilmarnock Willow tree
  • Great for: Spring interest, architectural weeping form
  • Environmental benefits: RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2.5 x 2.5 metres
  • Foliage: Dark-green leaves with soft, grey undersides
  • Soil: Grows best in moist but well-drained sites and most soil types
  • Position: Prefers full sun

Planting Salix caprea Pendula Trees

Our pot grown Kilmarnock Willow trees can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place in the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting Weeping Willow with a stake and tie kit - instructions are in the planting guide.

Aftercare Advice for Salix caprea Pendula Trees

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Rabbits like Willow, so if your areas is prone to rabbits we recommend using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Salix caprea Pendula Trees

Allow young Weeping Pussy Willow tree to grow unpruned for the first year. This will give it the time it needs to develop a natural shape. From then on you can prune damaged, or diseased branches at any time of the year. To encourage a clear stem, prune the lower branches in winter.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Salix caprea 'Pendula' Form: Tree Top grafted at 80cm Supplied Size: 90-120cm Root type: 5L pot* Salix caprea 'Pendula' Price £39.99 (ex VAT) Was £49.99 (ex VAT)
Tree Top grafted at 80cm 90-120cm 5L pot* £39.99 (ex VAT) Was £49.99 (ex VAT)
Salix caprea 'Pendula' Form: Tree Top grafted at 120cm Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot* Salix caprea 'Pendula' Price £44.99 (ex VAT) Was £59.99 (ex VAT)
Tree Top grafted at 120cm 150-200cm 10L pot* £44.99 (ex VAT) Was £59.99 (ex VAT)
Salix caprea 'Pendula' Form: Tree Top grafted at 140cm Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot* Salix caprea 'Pendula' Price £64.99 (ex VAT)
Tree Top grafted at 140cm 150-200cm 10L pot* £64.99 (ex VAT)
Ready by: 31st Aug 2022
Ready by: 31st Aug 2022
Salix caprea 'Pendula' Form: Tree Top grafted at 150cm Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot* Salix caprea 'Pendula' Price £74.99 (ex VAT)
Tree Top grafted at 150cm 150-200cm 12L pot* £74.99 (ex VAT)
Ready by: 31st Aug 2022
Ready by: 31st Aug 2022
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)