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Salix Caprea Kilmarnock

Hi, can anyone tell me what is wrong with our Salix Caprea Kilmarnock. We bought it on sale a few years ago and there was just the weeping bare wood with the catkins on it - since then we have had no more catkins. A year ago we moved it up nearer the house and into much wetter soil, and the new green growth is substantial but it's not weeping at all and there's never been any more catkins on the bare weeping wood part of the plant. Any ideas what we've done wrong and what we can do with it? Will upload pictures.  

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  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,965
    'Kilmarnock' Willows are normally grafted onto a hardy Willow stock ; yours has died and the stock plant has grown of its own accord .
    Best to get rid !
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,449
    Hello c0zza. I think that what has happened is that the root stock that the Salix was grafted onto has taken over. The root stock is usually common willow which is a much stronger grower than the caprea. Follow the green trunk as low down as you can go and remove it completely. Nutrients and water will then be available for the caprea and with a bit of luck it should recover though I have a feeling it may be too late judging from the brownish stems.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,965
    Ladybird4

    SNAP !
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,449
    @Paul B3
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
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