I have a Kilmarnock Willow tree and would like some advice on when and how to prune it please.
Hi, CA.....nothing special about pruning Kilmarnock Willow really. Prune mid- to late spring, after flowering and once the risk of frost has passed.
Or, put another way, prune as code 1 if it were a clematis.
I received a Kilmarnock willow in a pot for Mother's Day and I'd like to transplant it to an island bed in the garden. It has a few catkins but no leaves yet. The instruction label says to prune it evenly to 10 -15 cms after catkins have flowered. Is this a bit harsh or is it the norm?
That does sound a bit harsh, ChrissyAnn. You can get Kilmarnock willow grafted onto a stem as a standard, when it "weeps" from the top of the stem - or just as a ground-hugging shrub. The standard, weeping sort really doesn't want pruning, unless it touches the ground; its beauty is in its long, weeping branches, especially when they are covered in catkins. If you give it a haircut it tends to look a bit naff, frankly... The only time I'd prune it is if it suffers dieback. Sometimes they get a fungal condition called anthracnose (sounds like a joke, but it does exist, honestly!), which causes shoots to go black, and these need cutting out and burning.
Thanks Liriodendron, I've taken your advice ????