Kilmarnock Willows

“At the end of winter, its naked branches bear silver white pompoms that open up in spring to reveal golden stamen bouquets.” — Laure Hamann

— Quoted text is from  an interesting article  I read – “Salix Caprea ‘Kilmarnock’, a miniature weeping willow”.

According to the above article, the trunk of this willow cannot grow taller than three metres (ten feet) and it tolerates any type of soil as long as it is very moist.

So here I am at the end of winter, and I spotted from the road a whole line of Kilmarnock Willows as we drove past Queens Park in Invercargill. That’s how we came to re-visit  The Stumpery  (yesterday’s post) – one of the paths into The Stumpery is lined with Kilmarnock Willows.

Kilmarnock Willows at The Stumpery, Queens Park

Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand

Photos taken by Liz (L) and Nigel (N) during our visit on Tues 27 Aug 2019.

“At the end of winter, its naked branches bear silver white pompoms…”



kilmarnock_03    (L)

kilmarnock_06    (L)

kilmarnock_07    (L)


The shape of Kilmarnock Willows is a dead giveaway, I saw these as we drove by.

kilmarnock_01    (L)


Text by Liz, photos by Nigel and Liz; Exploring Colour (2019)

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  1. Haven’t seen a Kilmarnock willow for quite some time, but we do have a lot of large willow trees that are grown for making cricket bats. (I’d wondered why there were so many of them in the county.)

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  2. Lovely to see the willows. I don’t recall a tree shaped like that here in Manitoba, Canada, but we do have the the pompoms, that we call pussy willows, in spring. I grew up on The shores of Lake Winnipeg and as soon as the ice left the lake (though strong north winds could blow it back in again before it really thawed) in the spring my sisters and I would start wandering to find the first pussy willows.

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        1. The link was great as I saw another version of Cousin Itt! Yes, that plant has a lovely flowing form as it comes down in a cascade, really stunning as a feature plant. Thanks Steve!

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